Roger Federer By: Tom Hickman
Basic Information • Born- 8 August 1981 (age 32) In Basel, Switzerland • Height- 6 ft 1 in • Turned pro in 1998 • Prize money- $78,813,415 • 1st all-time leader in earnings
Playing Style • He is Right handed and uses a one handed back hand • Federer's versatility has been summarized by Jimmy Connors: "In an era of specialists, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist...or you're Roger Federer.“ • John McEnroe has referred to Federer's forehand as "the greatest shot in our sport.” • He sometimes uses a between-the-legs shot, which is colloquially referred to as a "tweener" or "hotdog". • His first serve is typically around 125mph however, he is capable of serving at 137mph.
Records and Awards • Most consecutive weeks at number one of the world rankings (237 straight weeks from 2.2.2004-18.8.2008). • Most Grand Slam tournaments won (17). • He is the only man to reach at least the semifinals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open. • Olympics: -Gold medal in the 2008 doubles and a silver in the 2012 singles
Roger Federer, The Philanthropist • In 2003 he and his mother Lynette established the Roger Federer Foundation to help disadvantaged people and to promote sports • In 2005, he auctioned his racquet from his US Open championship to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. • He was named a 2010 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of his leadership, accomplishments, and contributions to society.
References • http://www.rogerfederer.com/en.html • http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Roger-Federer.aspx