Roger Federer, a 20-time major winner, has been a role model for many tennis players over the past 15 years. Like all other competitors, Federer has had some dark moments over the years in the most difficult moments.
Still, he is usually calm and composed on the court, focused on the tennis and the opponent on the other side of the net. This was not always the case, however, as it would be difficult to recognize Roger by his behavior in his late teens.
Even in the first matches of the junior tournament, the Swiss could not contain his temper, threw rackets and had something to say after every point he lost. Speaking about this chapter of his career in 2002, Roger said that it took him years to improve in this area.
He realized that fighting himself took too much energy, and he did his best to change that before coming to the ATP Tour. Federer also recalled that his parents sometimes felt embarrassed watching him play and told him to change his attitude or go to tournaments without them.
“When I was very young and started playing at the age of three, I used to swear on the court, throwing bats and everything else. My parents were ashamed and told me to stop acting like that or they wouldn’t take me to tournaments anymore.
I had to calm down, but it took until I was 19 years old for me to improve in that respect.
Roger Federer is a true legend
Roger Federer’s big comeback is imminent. He will be at the fifth edition of “his” Laver Cup, which will be held from 23.
It will be held at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25. He will then play the tournament in his hometown of Basel from October 22 to 30, before preparing for 2023, depending on his state of health.
That didn’t stop the Swiss (41 in August) from speaking openly to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad about his future retirement. “I love to win, but when you are no longer competitive, it’s better to stop.
I don’t think I need tennis. I’m happy about the little things, like when my son does something good and when my daughter comes home with a good grade. Tennis is part of my identity, but not completely.
I want to be and stay successful, and I put a lot of energy into the business – I probably give more than I should sometimes, but that can happen outside of the sport. I know that a professional career can’t last forever, and that’s a good thing,” said Roger, who will return to action in early fall.