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 10 generic questions you might ask about the Swiss.

You can follow Roger Federer on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram. Federer is pretty active on social networks.

When was Roger Federer born?

Federer was born on August 8th 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 his height?

Federer is 1.85m (6ft, 1in) tall, according to his profile on ATP World Tour official website and he weighs 85kg (187 lbs).

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.

Roger Federer with his wife Mirka

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.

Mirka Federer, Roger Federer's wife, with their four children at Wimbledon's final in 2017

When did he begin to play tennis ?

Federer began playing tennis aged 8, with the TC Old Boys from Basel, his hometown. He then joined the Swiss national tennis centre in Ecublens in 1995, before turning pro in 1998.

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 record for Grand Slam titles, with 20 (6 at the Australian Open, 1 at the French Open, 8 at Wimbledon and 5 at the US Open). Roger Federer is also the record-holder for most titles at the season-ending ATP Finals, with six.

  • share

Tennis Majors brings you live news, exclusive video, stats and opinions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please like and share.

Subscribe to our newsletter here and stay up to date with all the exclusive content we provide on daily basis.If you’d like notifications for breaking news and great videos, you can sign up through the dialog box that opens when you arrive on Tennis Majors - and look out for our regular contests.

Our videos are mainly on Dailymotion : have a look !

More News

Exclusive contents (video, behind-the-scene stories...), meetings with champions, tech advices, fresh news & datas... Subscribe to tennismajors.com,the ultimate platform for tennis lovers