Today marks Roger Federer‘s 41st birthday. Although Roger is one of the older players still competing on the Tour, there is a significant difference this August 8. For the first time since 1997, Federer does not have an ATP rating on his birthday.
Since Roger hasn’t played in over a year, he’s lost all of his points and is no longer ranked in the ATP after 25 years. At the age of 16, Federer acquired his first ATP points in September 1997. A youngster competed in his first professional tournaments in the main draw of those Bossonnens events in July 1997 after losing in the qualification round of the ATP event in Gstaad.
In four outdoor clay events, Roger advanced to the semifinals twice. He lost them to the top seed Agustin Garizzio and the second seed Daniele Balducci.
On this day, Roger Federer turns 41.
In Bossonnens, Federer had eight victories throughout that month and was just outside the top 800.
Roger entered the top-100 two years after entering, and he cracked the top-20 in February 2001 after making tremendous progress up the ATP rating list. After winning the inaugural Masters 1000 championship in Hamburg in May 2002, the Swiss climbed into the top 10.
The opportunity to ascend to the ATP throne in the summer of 2003 was lost, despite his strong play over the following 15 months. After winning the Australian Open to start the 2004 season, Roger shot to the top of the world and ruled for the following four and a half years.
Federer recovered between 2017 and 2019 after falling below the top players for a few seasons. In 2019, he won Majors and Masters 1000 titles and finished third behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, his perennial rivals.
Before announcing knee surgery, the Swiss advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 Australian Open. He had a second procedure in May and skipped the balance of the season in anticipation of a new beginning in 2021. Being the oldest player in the Open era, Roger played in five tournaments the previous year and advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinal while continuing to have knee problems.
Federer has not played since his third surgery, which was performed last summer. The Swiss Maestro, who hopes to return to the Tour in 2023, will compete in the Laver Cup in London in September and at home in Basel later this year.