GOAT, coach, origins: 14 questions about Roger Federer

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.

Roger Federer, 2018 Australian Open

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When will Roger Federer return to the ATP Tour?

Having had two knee operations in 2020 – and missed 13 months of the Tour – Roger Federer returned to action in March 2021 but played only fleetingly up to Wimbledon. In August 2021, he announced he would need a third operation on his right knee and would be out for “several months”.

On November 17, 2021, in an interview with Swiss newspapers “Tribune de Geneve” and “24 heures”, Federer said he would not be back in time for the Australian Open and “incredibly unlikely” to play at Wimbledon in 2022. However, the 40-year-old said he hopes to return in late summer and still harbours hopes that he can enjoy some big moments on the ATP Tour.

“I want to see once again what I can achieve as a professional tennis player,” he said. “I’m fighting for it and I’m very motivated. I feel the support of my team and my family. We all wish that I can say goodbye on my own terms and on a tennis court.”

“To be clear, my world will not collapse if I never play another Grand Slam final. But it is my ultimate dream to return once again. And in fact, I still believe in it. I believe in these kinds of miracles. I have already experienced them. Sports history sometimes writes such miracles. I am realistic: it would be a great miracle. But there are miracles in sport.”

What did Roger Federer do at Wimbledon in 2021?

After reaching the third round at Roland-Garros, Federer lost in the first round at Halle but despite not being at 100 percent, he made it all the way to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in straight sets.

Roger Federer during a press conference after losing his quarter final match against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon
Switzerland’s Roger Federer during a press conference after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon Image Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

What is the nature of Roger Federer’s injury?

In August, 2021, Roger Federer announced that he would be having a third operation on his right knee. The operation went well but recovery will take longer than first thought.

“The examinations after the grass season revealed that my right inner meniscus was injured again,” Federer said in his interview on November 17. “It had to be stitched, which required a certain period of immobilisation. And the doctors took the opportunity to treat my cartilage as well. The combination of these two procedures requires patience and caution. That’s why I couldn’t put any weight on my leg when I was on crutches. I have had this surgery to ensure my long-term well-being. It is a restorative surgery.”

Has Roger Federer turned 40?

Yes, the Swiss legend celebrated his 40th birthday on August 8, 2021.

When was Roger 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.

Davis Cup champions Switzerland in 2014: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka et Seve Luthi (Sui)

What is Federer’s best tournament?

The Swiss is beloved at Wimbledon, where he has won eight career singles titles and amassed 105 lifetime wins against just 14 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.

Roger Federer with his wife Mirka

Who is Roger 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?

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

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 August 2021, Federer owns 368 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 style, which is more subjective. The Swiss holds the joint record for Grand Slam titles, with 20 (six at the Australian Open, one French Open, eight at Wimbledon and five at the US Open). Federer has won 103 ATP Tour titles and still holds the record for most titles at the season-ending ATP Finals, with six.

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