Proclaimed by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer started playing tennis at the age of eight. His outstanding performance at the juniors got him the ITF World Junior Champion award. He won the men’s title also that year at Wimbledon. He closed his junior career with the Orange Bowl in Miami.
Federer launched the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003; which supports underprivileged children in South Africa and promotes sport. He was named the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Player of the Year. In 2003, his country named him “Swiss of the year”. Federer has won the Wimbledon title six times, five times consecutively from 2003 to 2007. His last win was in 2009 after which his dominant streak has been cut down by the improvements in rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. In 2011, he received the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the seventh time.
Federer’s performance in the past six months has been a little shaky. He lost a couple of matches and pulled out of the season at Doha due to injury. But he bounced back after clinching the back-to-back ATP World Tour titles at Dubai and Rotterdam.
After his disappointing defeat to Novak Djokovic in the French Open Semi Finals, Federer said he was looking forward to the grass court. The grass court for Federer means one thing – Wimbledon.
Roger Federer turns 31 this August and time is running out for grand master to add to his 16 grand slams. Already noted by many as the greatest ever player to pick up the racket – the Swiss star may have a few more hits left in him as he bids to add to his already outstanding collection of titles.
Never count out Roger Federer.