Are you a Roger Federer fan and want to learn a bit more about one of the world’s greatest players to ever step onto a tennis court? If so, you are in luck as we’ve taken the time to gather many of the most interesting facts and stats and they relate to Federer.

#1 – Oldest #1 Player in Tennis at Age 36

Securing his 97th ATP World Tour title in Rotterdam on Sunday, Roger Federer has become the oldest tennis player to achieve world no. 1 since the ATP Rankings were introduced in 1973.15

#2 – 310 Weeks as the #1 Men’s Player

Federer held the world No. 1 spot in singles according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for a total of 310 weeks3

#3 – Got Glandular Fever in 2008

In 2008, it was the first time Roger didn’t win any titles in the first three months of the year. He got knocked out by Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the Australian Open. On March 7th, Roger reveals that he’s been dealing with glandular fever since December of the previous year; this viral illness made him weak and explains his somewhat poor beginning of the season.4

#4 – 2006 Ambassador of the United Nations Children’s Fund

In 2006, which was Roger’s most successful year regarding tournament wins so far, he secures his Grand Slam titles seven through nine. He celebrates his first victory in Basel, his hometown, where the fans greet him with great enthusiasm in July. In April, he is named an Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund.4

#5 – Started Playing Tennis at 8

Federer began playing tennis when he was eight and turned into Switzerland’s junior champ by the age of 14.1

#6 – 4 Children

Has four kids, two pairs of twins; Myla and Charlene were born on July 23, 2009, and Leo with Lenny on May 6, 2014.14

#7 – 1st Player to Win Australian & U.S. Open 3 Years in a Row

In 2006, Federer remained the top player in tennis. Besides clinching Wimbledon, he also won at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open; he became the first to secure victories in these last two competitions for three consecutive years.1

#8 – Loves Indian Food & Has a Sweet Tooth

Federer is a big fan of Indian, Japanese, and Italian cuisine as well. He’s often spotted enjoying traditional Indian naan and curries frequently, even while on tour. In an interview in 2017, he mentioned that he can’t resist sweet treats such as ice creams and chocolates.12

#9 – 2019 GQ Most Stylish Man of the Decade

In 2019, Federer was chosen by GQ readers as the Decade’s Most Stylish Man (2010–2019). That same year, he became the first person still alive to be honored on Swiss coins.13

#10 – 8 Wimbledon Titles

He secured a record eight titles at Wimbledon, In 2003, Federer grabbed his first Grand Slam tournament victory at Wimbledon.1

#11 – 2019 King of Athlete Endorsements

Collaborations with brands like Mercedes-Benz, Rolex, Barilla, Wilson, Uniqlo and more brought him $86 million in the 12 months up to June 1st 2019; this was way more than his prize money of $7.4 million during that time. The five next top endorsement athletes in 2019 were Tiger Woods ($54m), LeBron James ($53m), Cristiano Ronaldo ($44m), Stephan Curry($42m) and Phil Mickelson ($36m).6

#12 – Gifted Piano Player

In 2019, Roger Federer appeared in a Uniqlo advertisement where he plays bits of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Federer, having had piano lessons when he was young, discusses in the ad how crucial it is to pay attention to interests beyond tennis.10

#13 – 1993 He Won U12 Swiss National Junior Championship

In 1993, Federer clinched the U12 Swiss national junior championships in Lucerne. Becoming the top junior in Switzerland convinced him to pursue a career as a professional tennis player. Therefore, he quit playing football at the age of twelve to fully focus on tennis. He believed he had greater control over winning or losing in tennis than depending on how his teammates performed.3

#14 – Played Pro Tennis in 23 Countries

By 2006, Federer had competed in 23 countries during his career. Countries like China, Russia, and Sweden are among the few where he hasn’t secured a title.11

#15 – 2nd Player to Win Wimbledon 5 Consecutive Times in Tennis’ Modern Era

Federer’s competition with Rafael Nadal started in 2006 and carried on at Wimbledon in 2007, There he outplayed Nadal in an exciting five-set final to become the second man (after Björn Borg) in over 100 years to win five consecutive Wimbledon titles.1

#16 – 9th Highest Paid Athlete of All Time

Roger Federer, who has won less Grand Slam titles than Williams, is ranked ninth on the list of ‘Highest paid athletes in the world as of 2023,’ making nearly 1.50 billion U.S dollars over his career.8

#17 – 2016 Underwent Arthroscopic Surger

Federer underwent arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn meniscus, explaining what led to the issue. It happened the day after his match with Novak Djokovic. Federer revealed an accident, where he slipped while bathing his twin daughters the day following the semifinals in Melbourne, resulting in his first career surgery on his left knee.4

#18 – 86% of 2012 Matches Won

He secures four additional titles, and with an incredible 71 match victories (86%), he reflects on one of his most triumphant tennis seasons since 2006.4

#19 – 34% of Adults Less Interested in Tennis Post-Retirement

Roger Federer, considered one of the top male tennis players ever, retired from professional tennis in September 2022. In a survey conducted in the United States during that month 34 percent of all those who responded said they’d be less interested in watching men’s tennis after Federer’s retirement. Nonetheless around 28 percent of fans of men’s tennis mentioned they would have more interest in the sport after the Swiss player retired.5

#20 – Hobbies Include Golf, Video Games & Cards

Federer’s hobbies are sports (like golf, soccer and skiing), hanging out with friends, playing on his Playstation, listening to music and card games.13

#21 – Suffered from Mononucleosis in 2008

Federer’s achievements in 2008 were majorly affected by a continuous battle with mononucleosis, which he endured during the first half of the year. At the Australian Open, Federer was defeated in the semifinals by Djokovic who eventually won; this ended his streak of reaching 10 consecutive finals.3

#22 – Speaks 4 Languages

Speaks English, German, Swiss-German, and French.14

#23 – Tennis Idols: Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker & Pete Sampras

Growing up, Federer’s idols were Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, and Pete Sampras.14

#24 – 1998’s #1 Junior Player

Roger climbs to the number 1 junior spot and secures victory at the Wimbledon junior tournament. He makes his first appearance in the professional circuit at the Swiss Open in Gstaad, Come autumn, he participates for the first time in the Basel tournament – which is his hometown – facing none other than Andre Agassi.4

#25 – 2007 Breaks Jimmy Connors’ Consecutive Top of the World Rankings

In 2007, Roger seized three Grand Slam titles and made it to the finals at the French Open. He shattered Jimmy Connors’ number one record and finishes the year as the top-ranked player in the world for a fourth straight year.4

#26 – 2023’s Most Popular Pro Tennis Player

In a survey conducted in 2023, it was discovered that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were the top favorite tennis players around the globe, with 29 percent of those surveyed naming them as their preferred athletes. Djokovic came in at third place, who along with Federer and Nadal has been ruling the sport over the last twenty years; each having secured more than 20 Grand Slam titles. Serena Williams, recognized as the most triumphant female tennis player of her era, was placed fourth on the list.7

#27 – Olympic Gold Medal Recipient

Federer, along with Stan Wawrinka, spearheaded the Switzerland Davis Cup team to its first championship in 2014; this was after their victory in Olympic doubles gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Moreover, Federer bagged a silver medal in singles at the 2012 London Olympics where he ended up second to Andy Murray.3

#28 – Born in Basel, Switzerland on August 8, 1981

Federer was born on August 8, 1981, in Basel, Switzerland. Being part of the Federer family his Swiss dad Robert Federer is from Berneck in the canton of St Gallen and his Afrikaner mom Lynette Federer is from Kempton Park Gauteng in South Africa. He’s got one sibling an older sister Diana who’s the mother of twins.3

#29 – Youngest Player to End a Year Among World’s Top 100

Federer debuted on the Swiss Davis Cup team and became the youngest tennis player, at 18 years and 4 months, to finish the year in the world’s top 100, ending that season ranked 64.1

#30 – Launched Roger Federer Foundation in 2003

The Roger Federer Foundation improves a world where kids in poverty can control their future and actively shape it, There’s plenty of evidence showing that education is essential for reducing poverty improving preventive healthcare, and building a committed civil society.2

#31 – 1995 He Won U14 Swiss National Junior Championship

In 1995, when he was 13 years old, Federer clinched the U14 Swiss national junior championship. This victory led him to be invited for training at the renowned National Tennis Center in Écublens, a French-speaking region. He joined this center right after turning 14.3

#32 – Won a Milking Cow (Juliette)

Two days following his first Wimbledon victory, he was given a 1,760 pound milking cow as a gift from the tournament organizers in Gstaad Switzerland which he called “Juliette”13

#33 – 2009 Maries Mirka Vavrinec

In 2009, following nine years of being together Mirka and Roger got married in a stunning ceremony in Basel, Switzerland, which is Roger’s birthplace. Before she became Mrs. Federer, Mirka Vavrinec was known as a promising talent on her own. She was a skilled tennis player whose professional journey ended prematurely because of an injury to her foot. However, her competitive drive didn’t falter at all.9

#34 – Ranked #1 in the World (2004)

In 2004, Federer won in 11 out of the 17 tournaments he participated in and ended the year as the world’s number one ranked player His performance was equally impressive in 2005 when he triumphed in 11 out of 15 tournaments which included victories at Wimbledon and the U.S Open. From July 2003 through November 2005, he also secured a modern-record by winning 24 consecutive finals.1

#35 – 9,000th Ace Served in Dubai (2015)

In 2015, Roger continues to enjoy a run of victories. This year comes with a number of major career milestones for him. In Brisbane, he secures the 1000th ATP match win of his career and in Dubai, he hits his 9000th ace.4

#36 – 1st Player to Win 20 Grand Slam Men’s Singles Titles

In 2018, he became the first player to win 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles.1

#37 – #1 Player for 237 Consecutive Weeks

In August 2008, Federer was overtaken by Nadal for the world’s number one ranking, putting an end to his historic streak of 237 weeks in a row at the top. The next month saw Federer winning the U.S. Open.1

#38 – Retired in 2022

He made a comeback in 2021 but his time on court was restricted. He managed to play at Wimbledon though, where he was defeated in straight sets during the quarterfinals, That turned out to be his final appearance at a Grand Slam event. Federer faced more issues with his knee afterward and by September 2022, he declared that he would retire following the Laver Cup.1


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