One of the greatest players to ever play the game of tennis, Roger Federer is a force to be reckoned with on the courts. In 2009, Roger Federer became the all-time record holder for Grand Slam singles titles after beating Andy Roddick at Wimbldon. His 15th title didn’t come easy having to outlast Roddick in a 5-setter, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14, that will go down as one of the better major finals. Get to know Roger Federer better with these fun and interesting facts.
Fun and Interesting Facts About Roger Federer
Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland.
Parents are Robert and Lynette Federer. Roger’s mother is from South Africa while his father is Swiss. He has one older sister, Diana.
Roger Federer turned pro in 1998.
Federer held the number 1 ranking for 237 straight weeks from February 2, 2004 until August 18, 2008 relinquishing the top spot to Rafael Nadal. Roger regained the number 1 ranking again on July 6, 2009.
Roger Federer is married to former women’s tennis player Mirka Vavrinec. They have two twin daughters named Myla and Charlene who were born in July 2009.
The tennis great founded the Roger Federer Foundation, a charity that promotes sports and education to South African children as well as children in other countries where there is a need. “I am tomorrow’s future,” a statement proclaimed by a 15 year old South African student is the foundation’s slogan. Roger Federer states on the charity’s website, “In sports we learn how to fight: for victory, for the entire team, in order to reach a goal. In many countries of the world a majority of people, despite their efforts, do not have access to education or sports. I am very glad to be able to make a difference by means of my Foundation.” To learn more out the organization, go here.
Favorite hobbies of Roger Federer include golf, soccer, skiing, playing cards, spending time with friends, enjoying music and Playstation.
Roger Federer has a number of sponsors which include Nike, Rolex, Wilson, NetJets, Nationale Suisse, Gillette, Lindt & Sprüngli, Mercedes-Benz, Jura and Credit Suisse. Besides earning top dollar for his tennis skills, Roger rakes in quite a bit of money from endorsements. His current earnings from tournaments and endorsements have been projected to be around $30 million.
Roger Federer has two tennis idols he looks up to: Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg.
Roger is coached by Severin Luthi and his fitness trainer is Pierre Paganini.