10 questions about Roger Federer – GOAT, coach, origins
Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, if not the greatest. Here are the answers to some questions you might ask about the Swiss.
Why was Roger Federer off the tour for 13 months?
After reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2020, Federer announced he needed an operation on his right knee and underwent arthroscopic surgery in February. In July, he said he had needed a second operation and only returned to the Tour in Doha, in March. He plans to play a full season.
Will Roger Federer play Roland-Garros in 2021?
Yes. After making his long-awaited comeback after 13 months out through injury at the ATP event in Doha in March, the 39-year-old said he was focused on reaching full fitness and form by Wimbledon. But on April 18, he announced that he would be playing on clay in Geneva and at Roland-Garros.
Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva🇨🇭 and Paris 🇫🇷. Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again. ❤️🚀
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 18, 2021
“I think matches are important,” he said. “What comes before the grass courts are the clay courts. So from that standpoint, I have no choice but to play on clay if I want to play matches. It could be good for me, the clay. it could be bad for me, the clay. So I will only know in practice, but I don’t think it’s going to be bad, to be honest. I assume I will play some clay.”
Former Swiss player Marc Rosset recently said that he “doesn’t see how Federer could not play Roland-Garros,” if healthy. Although Federer is prioritising Wimbledon and the Olympics, Rosset thinks getting in some tough matches at the French Open would be useful. He referenced 2018, when Federer skipped the clay and did not face any elite opponents in Stuttgart or Halle. Thus Federer went into Wimbledon relatively cold and was upset by Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.
When was Federer born?
Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. “I am very proud to be Swiss“, he says. He won the Davis Cup for Switzerland in 2014. He plays the Basel Open each year, a tournament where he was a ball kid during the 1990s.
What is Federer’s nationality?
Federer is Swiss. He was born and grew up in Swiss-German. He also has a South-African passport through his mother, Lynette Durand, who was born in Kempton Park.
What is Federer’s best tournament?
The Swiss is beloved at Wimbledon, where he has won eight career singles titles and amassed 101 lifetime wins against just 13 losses. The Swiss last won the title in 2017 and he last reached the final in 2019 where he fell in a dramatic five-set final to Novak Djokovic after holding two championship points.
Who is Federer’s wife?
On April 11, 2009, Federer married Miroslava Vavrinec from Slovakia, better known as Mirka. She is a former pro tennis player (career-high No 76). Mirka met her future husband during the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where they took part for Switzerland. After retiring from pro sports in 2002, at only 24, because of a recurring foot injury, Mirka then became Federer’s career manager.
Who is Federer’s coach?
Federer has been coached since 2007 by Severin Luthi, the captain of the Switzerland team in Davis Cup, which they won together in 2014. Luthi was joined on Federer’s staff in 2016 by the Croat, Ivan Ljubicic, who followed Stefan Edberg, another former player who helped Federer, from 2014 to 2015. “Fed” has also been trained by Tony Roche, José Higueras and Paul Annacone during his professional career.
Who are Federer’s parents?
Robert Federer and Lynette Durand are his parents, both of them employees in a pharmaceutical company when they met, in 1970. His father is Swiss and his mother is South-African, with French and Dutch ancestry.
Who is Federer’s agent?
Tony Godsick became his agent in 2005, when the Swiss signed with IMG. They left in 2013 to create together Team8. This management agency has famous sports clients including Juan Martin Del Potro, Coco Gauff and Alexander Zverev, as well as non-tennis sportsmen (like hockey goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist). In 2017, the agency launched the Laver Cup, which is held every year between a team representing Europe and one from the Rest of the World, and organises “The Match in Africa”, a charity event.
How many children does Federer have?
Federer has four children with his wife, Mirka. The couple have two sets of twins; two girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, born on 24th July, 2009, and two boys, Leo and Lenny, born on 6th May, 2014. His four children attended Federer’s 19th Grand Slam title, at Wimbledon in 2017.
How many Grand Slam titles has Federer won?
Federer is tied for the all-time lead in Grand Slam singles titles won with 20. He has won eight at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the US Open and one at Roland-Garros. As of January 2021, Federer owns 362 Grand Slam singles victories.
Why is Federer called the GOAT?
Federer is considered by many as the GOAT (“Greatest Of All Time”), as much for all the silverware he accumulated, an objective criteria, as his game, more subjective. The Swiss holds the joint record for Grand Slam titles, with 20 (six at the Australian Open, 1 at the French Open, 8 at Wimbledon and 5 at the US Open). Federer is also the record-holder for most titles at the season-ending ATP Finals, with six.