I have been around tennis for 60 years. I have personally witnessed many of the great tennis players playing in their primes including Rod Laver, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Rafa Nadal, Arthur Ashe, Poncho Gonzalez, Lew Load, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, Maureen Connolly, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, and others.
Among the great’s I have had the privilege of seeing, there is one player that stands out to me both on and off the court, both by his play on the court, by everything he stands up for off the court, and by his ability to inspire both on and off the court.
Why? God has blessed Roger with the talent and the ability to be a role model on and off the court, and Roger has accepted and embraced his position. There are only a few people, and I truly mean only a few, who can win grand slams and masters 1000’s, be a super son, spouse and parent, be a real gentleman, and give back to children in need.
Roger has not only been able to do all of this from the time he was in his early 20’s, but even now at the ripe old tennis age of 35, he has continued to win grand slams and masters 1000’s with grace and humility and inspire on and off the court.
Roger has continued to have incredible success on the court because he was open to make changes. It’s not easy for a champion who has already won more grand slam singles titles than anyone in history to make changes to the formula that has proven so successful for him.
However, that’s exactly what Roger did. He selected a new racquet with a larger head and larger sweet spot. This helped him handle heavy topspin shots hit to his backhand and has given him easier power for all his shots.
He’s also started standing in closer to the baseline taking the ball much earlier. His mentality became much more aggressive whereby he is now always looking for a way to attack the net and finish points at the net. He is a very accurate server and can hit very specific areas of the service box under pressure.
His larger racquet has given him easier power while serving without sacrificing accuracy. He has somehow maintained his movement at age 35. He’s still explosive and can move around every inch of the court like a jaguar.
His incredible forehand has not lost any of its dominance. His slice backhand and drop shot have become more effective over the years and he knows exactly when to use them. Off the court, Roger has surrounded himself with people who share his principles, discipline, ideals, and passion for the game.
His management team has managed his schedule and activities well so he is not overextended by his tournament schedule or business obligations. Roger has also managed to maintain a happy and healthy family life by making his beautiful family a priority in his life.
In addition, Roger is committed to providing educational opportunities to children. He has established the Roger Federer Foundation which provides educational services to hundreds of thousands of children without these opportunities in Africa.
As education is the foundation of our world, there can be no greater endeavor than to provide educational opportunities for children who have no such opportunities. Well done, Roger! There are only a few players in the history of tennis that we admire as a role model both on and off the court like Roger Federer.
by Nick B. .