Roger Federer is currently world number one male tennis player. Many believe that he could become the greatest tennis player of all time. With 9 Grand Slam trophies, he is considered one of the greatest players.
The great Swiss right hander was born on 8 August 1981 in
At the age of twelve Federer decided to dedicate him solely to tennis and forget other sports. At the club his coach was Seppli Kacovsky and he also took private instructions from Peter Carter of
Federer became junior tennis champion of
In 1999, he played in the Swiss Davis Cup team for the first time. He became the youngest member of the ATP Tour's Top 100. In 2000, Federer reached final at two ATP tournaments though he was beaten in both the matches. In
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He won the first ATP tournament in 2001 at
In 2002 Federer was beaten at the final of his first ATP Masters Series at Miami Masters by Andre Agassi. He won his first ATP Masters series in
Roger started 2003 winning ten matches and achieving titles in
2004 was the most successful year for Roger as he won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Since Mats Wilander in 1988, he is the first male player to do so. By defeating Marat Safin in straight sets he achieved his first Australian open men's singles title. Roger retained his Wimble title by defeating Andy Roddick. At the U.S open he also became victorious by beating Lleyton Hewitt. Like last year he also won the Tennis Masters Cup. He won 74 matches and 11 titles this year. In 6 matches he was defeated. He was named Laureus World Sportsman of the year in early 2005. Tennis Magazine named him the Player of the year. It is interesting to note that he played without having a coach.
In 2005 Roger reached the Australian open semifinal but lost to Marat Safin in a five set match which lasted more than five hours. He won Indian Wells and
Roger was so close to win the French open in 2006 but in the final he lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets. This is one Grand Slam title he still could not capture. But he won his fourth straight
Roger holds the third longest consecutive stay in the World number 1. He made a history in the tennis world by winning both the U.S. Open and
Swiss-German is his main language. But he is also skilled in French and English. He can speak Spanish too. That is why I feel that after retiring he should become a linguist.
Federer likes to play card games, table tennis and other sports. Sitting on a beach is also his favorite pastime activity. At present he resides in
Recently I have browsed and read some sites about Roger Federer. As he is holding the number 1 position in WTA ranking in men's tennis, there is no lack of sites featuring him. No doubt, they are colorful and full of achievement information about the hero. His biography, career, family, pictures, tour, dating- almost everything is described in detail. He himself has got a website. Everyday numerous visitors and fans hit these sites to get a glimpse of his glamorous life and also to know his personal life.
One thing that really attracted and impressed me about Roger was his humanitarian act.
Previously I went to some other celebrities' sites but Roger was among the very few who not only bothers about the deprived but also has done some charitable works especially after 2004 tsunami disaster. With ATP and UNICEF he worked together and encouraged other tennis players for raising fund. He played as many matches as possible and also auctioned his autographed bats to raise more money. Roger earns a lot of money from prize money and advertisements and sponsorship. Despite living in a luxurious world, he never forgets the less fortunate people.
His off court humanitarian work is really remarkable. He always wanted to do something for the distressed and poor especially for the children who are deprived of many things. Whenever he got chance he helped people. In 2003, Roger Foundation was established and its aim is to help disadvantaged children. It is providing food and schooling facilities to some of the South African children. He also participated and encouraged charity games and work in every possible way to help the tsunami victims. In 2006 UNICEF appointed him Good Will Ambassador to improve the lives of children through out the world. We hope that he will shine both in court and off court.