Welcome to our Player Profile Series on all your favorite players. We found some awesome facts that we could not help but share with you! Our first player in the series is the king of “tweener” shots and world record Grand Slam winner, tennis legend Roger Federer.
1. Of course our first fact needs to do with the most recent Grand Slam: Wimbledon, where Federer beat Marin Cilic to claim his 8th Wimbledon Championship win. Not only did Federer beat Pete Sampras’ record of 7 Wimbeldon Championship wins, but he now holds 19 Grand Slam titles. The craziest thing about his 19 Grand Slam wins is that Nadal is Grand Slams behind him, meaning Federer holds the world record for most Grand Slams by a landslide
2. Speaking of Wimbledon, in 2001 Roger Federer beat Pete Sampras during the fourth round of Wimbledon. People claim that this match marks the end of Sampras’ dominance era and begins Federer’s.
Tennis – Wimbledon 2001 – Federer vs Sampras – Highlights. Youtube, n.d. Web. 8 Aug. 2017.
3. In 2003 Roger Federer received a cow as a gift from the Swiss Open and named her Juliette. The cow had a calf which Roger named Edelweiss. However, the cows were eventually slaughtered. But, fear not, Federer received a second cow from the Swiss Open in 2013 named Desiree. Federer was extremely happy with this gift and posted about it multiple times on Twitter.
Wimbledon Legend Roger Federer’s Love for Cows Feels ‘wonderful’ for Virender Sehwag. Deccan Chronicle, n.d. Web. 8 Aug. 2017.
4. In 2015 Federer was deemed the world’s most marketable sports star by the London School of Marketing. Nike obviously caught onto how marketable Roger is and signed a 10-year contact with him that guarantees him $10 million a year in payments. Wilson has a lifetime deal with him which pays him $2 million a year. Let’s not forget the numerous Rolex, Mercedes and Gilette commercials we see Roger in. It is estimated that Federer has made over $30 million a year from product endorsements.
5. Roger Federer has held the number 1 ranking for a total of 302 weeks.
6. Roger Federer met his professional tennis playing wife Mirka in the 2000 Olympics. They later played doubles together in the 2002 Hopman Cup.
“Some Unknown Facts about Roger Federer and Mirka Federer.” Topiced. N.p., 18 July 2017. Web. 08 Aug. 2017.
7. Federer won 10 consecutive Grand Slams.
8. Roger went 105 consecutive points without an unforced error in the 2007 US Open. 105!
9. In 2001 Federer won his first career title in Milan at age 19. He knocked out big name players like Goran Ivanisevic, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and ultimately beat Julien Boutter in the final.
10. Not only is Federer talented in other sports such as soccer and swimming, but he is a talented pianist and flutist.
Lastly, to end off this player profile, here are some career highlights.
Roger Federer – Top Ten Points Of His Career. Youtube, 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 8 Aug. 2017.
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