Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland on August 8, 1981, to Robert and Lynette Federer. Federer began playing tennis with his parents and older sister Diana when he was very young, and he rapidly showed his talent for the sport.
Roger began playing junior tennis at the age of eight, and at the age of 10, he met Australian player Peter Carter, who spotted the youngster’s promise. Carter and Federer continued to train together for the following four years until Roger received an invitation to attend Switzerland’s national tennis training center at the age of thirteen.
The training location was two hours distant from Roger’s home, in an area of Switzerland where most people spoke French. Federer trained there for three years before moving to a new facility nearer his home in Biel. Peter Carter was one of the new training center’s instructors, and under his tutelage, Federer quickly rose through the world’s top junior rankings. Roger won the Wimbledon junior singles and doubles titles as an amateur and rose to become the world’s number one ITF player.
Federer married Miroslava Vavrinec (now Federer), a member of the Women’s Tennis Association, in April 2009 at Wenkenhof Villa near Basel, Switzerland. They met at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, when they were both members of Team Switzerland. They started dating right after the meeting. In 2009, Miroslava gave birth to identical twin girls, and in 2014, the couple welcomed another set of identical twin boys.
Roger reached the semifinals of a tournament in Vienna shortly after going pro in 1999. Roger became the youngest member of the ATP top 100 after a couple more high-profile victories. Roger competed in the 2000 Olympics for Switzerland. He did not win any medals, but he did reach the semifinals, which surprised many. He was finally defeated by Tommy Haas and Arnaud Di Pasquale.
Roger’s potential was realized in 2001 when he won his first ATP singles title. He followed up his Davis Cup victory by defeating the United States with his Swiss counterparts. As a result of these achievements, the moniker “Federer Express” was coined in the press. Roger went on to win his first two ATP doubles titles and finish the season as the #13 singles player in the world.
Roger received numerous missed calls from his coach, Peter Lundgren, one night. Roger learned that his former mentor and friend Peter Carter had died by the time he finally picked up the messages. Roger was completely shaken by Carter’s death. He realized he had failed to live up to what Carter had taught him as a tennis player and a man. Roger realized it was time to elevate his game both on and off the court at that point.
Roger Federer would eventually rise to the top of the world rankings, which he held for a record 237 weeks, from February 2004 to August 2008. At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Roger lost his maiden singles medal to Andy Murray. Federer hurt his back in 2013 and struggled to recover, forcing his rankings to drop.
However, he regained some of his strength and went on to win the Davis Cup in Switzerland by defeating Richard Gasquet. In 2014, he lost the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, but later that year, he won the Cincinnati Masters for the seventh time, defeating both Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Roger reached the final of the US Open for the first time since 2009. Federer was defeated by Djokovic in the final for the second time. He revealed in December 2016 that he would be working with a new coaching squad for the 2017 ATP World Tour season. He competed in 2016 Australian Open but was defeated in four sets by Djokovic once again.
He tore ligaments in his knee and had surgery to fix them. He revealed in July of that year that he would miss the 2016 Olympics as well as the rest of the season due to a knee ailment.
Federer competed in the 2017 Hopman Cup and the Australian Open in January. He won the Australian Open for the 100th time, defeating Rafael Nadal in the final. In the 2018 Shanghai Masters, Federer was defeated in the semifinals by Borna Coric. Roger returned to the French Open for the first time in four years in 2018.
He advanced to the semifinals but was defeated by 11-time champion Rafael Nadal. He was unable to compete in the Rio Olympics that year owing to yet another knee ailment. Roger began his 2020 season at the Australian Open, where he lost in the semifinals to Djokovic and suffered another knee injury. He then withdrew from further tournaments, citing the need for time to heal his knee.
Roger Federer has won Wimbledon eight times, the Australian Open six times, the French Open once, and the United States Open five times in a row as of this writing. He has won the Grand Slam tournament 20 times, more than any other men’s singles player (and was the first man to reach ten Grand Slam tournament finals in a succession).
From 2002 to 2016, Federer was ranked among the top eight tennis players in the world for 14 years in a row. Roger has won the ATP Player of the Year award five times and the ITF World Championship five times. Federer was named the most recognizable person in Switzerland in 2016, topping even William Tell and Albert Einstein.
Federer is a sporting legend who has been dubbed “The Greatest of All Time” on numerous occasions (GOAT). He was considered the greatest male player of the open era by Tennis.com.
He won the title of Swiss Sports Personality of the Year seven times in a row. Federer has four times been named BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. Roger Federer is credited with leading a rebirth and bringing tennis greater prominence and interest. In his prime, there was a surge in interest in tennis, resulting in higher income for various venues across the sport.
Compensation and Endorsements
On and off the court, Federer has become one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Federer made $71.5 million between June 2016 and June 2017, with $65 million coming from endorsements.
Roger inked a 10-year, $300 million contract with Uniqlo, a Japanese clothes company, in 2018.
Federer earned $77.2 million between June 2017 and June 2018. He earned $94 million between June 2018 and June 2019. Approximately $86 million of that total came through endorsements with corporations such as Credit Suisse, Rolex, and Mercedes Benz. Roger makes the most money from endorsements of any sportsman.
Roger Federer’s net worth
Roger Federer is a professional tennis player from Switzerland with a net worth of $550 million.