If you are an ardent Tennis Fan, then I am sure you are excited to read some interesting facts about Roger Federer.
Roger Federer has achieved cult status in the arena tennis folklore through his unparalleled exploits in the tennis court. He has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the most for any male player in history. He has the distinction of being World No. 1 for a record 310 weeks.
Here are some interesting facts about Roger Federer:
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ROGER FEDERER:
1. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
He is the only player ever to win this award four times.
2. Dual citizenship
He holds dual citizenship of Switzerland and South Africa, since his father is Swiss and mother is a South African.
3. Roger Federer was a Vegan
Roger Federer was a vegetarian until the age of 16.
4. The Pianist
He is a prolific pianist due to piano classes in his childhood.
5. Global champion
Roger Federer has played in 23 countries and won tournaments in 15 of them.
6. Roger Federer’s Idols
Growing up, Federer has idolised the Tennis legends Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, and Stefan Edberg.
7. Pasta, anyone?
Roger Federer is a huge fan of pasta. He entered into a contract with Barilla Pasta, who made specialised and personalised pasta noodles, only for him.
8. Luxury brands of watches
The first contract for Roger Federer for luxury watches was with Maurice Lacroix. However, he later shifted to endorsing Rolex.
9. Hiker at heart
Roger Federer is an avid hiker. He frequents the Swiss Alps to give vent to his hiking needs.
10. Overtaking Jimmy Connors
He is only the second player after Jimmy Connors to win more than 1200 singles games and 100 tournaments in the Open Era.
11. The tennis family
Roger Federer’s wife Miroslava is also a tennis player. She was a Women’s Tennis Association player and competed for Switzerland at the 2000 Sydney Olympics along with Roger. She quit tennis due to a foot injury.
12. Honorary doctorate
He has received an honorary doctorate in 2017 from the University of Basel for his philanthropic services.
13. One of the highest paid athletes
Roger Federer is 5th on the list of Forbes magazine’s list of “World’s Highest Paid Athletes”, as of June 2019.
14. The bovine connection
After winning the Swiss Open title in 2003, he was gifted a cow called “Juliette”. He was gifted one again in 2013 after winning the Swiss Open title, called “Desiree”.
15. Featuring on Swiss stamps
He became the first living Swiss person to feature on a Swiss stamp, in 2007.
16. The multilinguistic angle
Roger Federer speaks eight languages which includes English, Swiss, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Afrikaans, German and French.
17. Personalised tennis rackets
He gets personalised tennis rackets from the tennis company Premier One.
18. Cologne brand
He has his own perfume brand called ‘RF’.
The Swiss maestro is an ambassador for Mercedes-Benz.
20. The Wimbledon speciality
In 2017, at 35 years of age, Federer became the oldest male player ever to win the coveted Wimbledon title.
So, these were some of the most interesting facts about Roger Federer!
At 38 years of age, Roger Federer is still going strong. In the ATP rankings, he is currently the World No. 3. He is one of the most recognizable and popular athletes in the world and a living legend.
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