Roger Federer is with hardly any argument, the greatest tennis player the world has seen yet. He is a professional tennis player from Switzerland who has for many years, dominated the world of the sports, thereby setting many records in the male tennis and in the tennis world as a whole. With over 95 titles and still counting, below are things to know about him.
Roger Federer’s Biography
It was on August 8, 1981, that Roger Federer was born in Switzerland’s city of Basel. Of Swiss, German, and South African descent, he was raised alongside his elder sister by their parents.
Roger is good in more than five languages as he was brought up in Riehen as well as close to the borders of France and Germany, in Münchenstein.
Because of his love for the game which he began playing as a child, the tennis player served as a ball boy when he was still growing. Interestingly, it is with the sports that many years later, he would get to rule the world.
It was in 1998 that he turned pro, playing as a junior in the game. His beginning was spectacular but not enough to serve as a testament of who he would become as while he ended on the 1st spot of the Junior world ranking, he didn’t win the US Open Junior final. More so, he lost his first professional tournament without making it beyond the first round.
He would continue recording great successes, but it would be in 2003 that he would defeat Mark Philippoussis to take home the Grand Slam singles title which would be his first at Wimbledon. He wouldn’t slow down in 2004, thereby winning 3 grand slams and topping the ranking for the first time.
Before the mid-2018, he would record 8 Wimbledon, 6 Australian Open, 5 US Open, and a French Open. He would have close to a 100 titles as well.
During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he played alongside Stan Wawrinka to take home the Gold medal in the men’s doubles. 4 years later in London, he would take one the silver medal after losing to Andy Murray in the 2012 Olympics.
As pointed out earlier, there is hardly any argument that Roger Federer is the best Tennis Player of all time. More so, he has emerged in 2017 among the highest paid athletes in the world, sitting at the 23rd spot of the highest paid celebrities in the world. The only athletes on the list that have earned more than him during the year are Lionel Messi, LeBron James, and Cristiano Ronaldo who tops all athletes on the list.
Although on the list, he earned as much as $64 million in that year, his net worth has been estimated at $420 million (£304 million).
From his winnings, Federer has recorded more than $58 million from endorsements – $6 million from his endorsements only in 2017. More so, he has won over $100 million in prize money.
Roger comes from a very simple family and they happen to be very close. His father, Robert Federer, is a very popular face in the matches of his son whom he said he is very proud of. His mother, Lynette Federer is also a popular face in his matches. She is originally a South African from Gauteng.
One member of the family who has remained in the dark is the only sister of the star who has been said to be a nurse in Switzerland, Diana Federer. She is the elder sister of Roger and she is married with children.
Is He Married Or Gay? Wife, Kids
While there are those that have always wondered the sexual orientation of Roger, questioning whether or not he is gay, the truth is that he is actually straight. Not just that, he has been married since 2009.
His wife is Mirka Federer. Born in 1978 in Czechoslovakia as Miroslava Vavrincová, Mirka was like her husband, a tennis player who went pro in 1998 and was forced to retire as early as 2002 as a result of injuries.
Mirka Federer and Roger met in 2000 and before long, they started dating until 11 April 2009 when they decided it was time to tie the knot at Wenkenhof Villa which is near Basel. Their union has thus far been blessed with two sets of twins: Myla Rose and Charlene Riva who were born in 2009 and Leo and Lennart who were born in 2014.
Today, the legendary Tennis player, Mirka Federer, and their children live in the municipality of Bottmingen, Switzerland.
Height and Weight
The Swiss tennis player is a man who has come to be one with the sports, thanks to his ability to hold on to the game which speaks of his stamina and agility. He has a good height and he is averagely built.
Roger Federer stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (183 cm) and a body weight of 187 pounds (85 kg). For his general body measurements, his chest measures 44 inches (112 cm) and his waist is 32 inches (81 cm) while he wears a shoe size of 12 (US) or 45 (EU).