Roger Federer is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland who was born on August 8, 1978.
He is a Swiss tennis player who dominated the sport in the early twenty-first century due to his exceptional all-around ability.
In 2018, he won a record eight Wimbledon titles and became the first player to win 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles.
In his country of residence, he is regarded as “the greatest and most successful” Swiss athlete in history.
Early life and Education
Federer was born on August 8, 1981, in Basel, Switzerland.
His Swiss-German father, Robert Federer, is from Berneck in the canton of St. Gallen, while his Afrikaner mother, Lynette Federer, is from Kempton Park in Gauteng, South Africa.
He has one sibling, Diana, his older sister. Federer has dual citizenship because his mother is South African.
Federer, like all male Swiss nationals, was required to serve in the Swiss Military Services.
But, in 2003, he was deemed “unsuitable” and was not compelled to complete his military service.
As an alternative, he served in the civil protection force and was compelled to pay 3% of his taxable income.
He then revealed that he had been released because of a chronic back ailment.
Federer, a former ball boy, began playing tennis at the age of 8 and became Switzerland’s junior champion when he was 14.
In 1998, he won the Wimbledon junior singles title as well as the Orange Bowl junior competition in Miami.
The next year, Federer made his Davis Cup debut for Switzerland and became the youngest tennis player (at 18 years and 4 months) to end the year among the world’s top 100, finishing at number 64.
Federer won his first major singles title at Wimbledon when he was 21 years old, in 2003.
Federer competed in 21 of the 28 major singles finals between 2003 and 2009.
In 2004, 2006, and 2007, he won three of the four majors as well as the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Finals, as well as five consecutive Wimbledon and US Open titles.
After three consecutive runner-up finishes to Nadal, his major rival until 2010, he completed the career Grand Slam at the 2009 French Open.
In 2009, at the age of 27, he broke Pete Sampras’s record of 14 major men’s singles titles at Wimbledon.
Federer and Stan Wawrinka led Switzerland to their first Davis Cup trophy in 2014, following their Olympic doubles gold medal in Beijing in 2008.
He also won a silver medal in singles at the 2012 Olympics in London, finishing second to Andy Murray.
Federer became the first man to win 20 major singles titles at the 2018 Australian Open, and he immediately became the oldest ATP world No. 1 at the age of 36.
Following the Laver Cup in September 2022, he announced his retirement from competitive tennis.
Federer is married to Miroslava Federer, a former Women’s Tennis Association player whom he met while competing for Switzerland at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
She had to resign from the tour in 2002 due to a foot injury.
On 11 April 2009, they married at Wenkenhof Villa in Riehen, near Basel, in the presence of a small number of close friends and family.
She gave birth to identical twin girls in 2009. In 2014, they welcomed another set of twins, this time fraternal twin boys.