The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer has been a role model for many young tennis stars and upcoming heroes. Like all the other players during their development, Federer had some dark moments throughout those most challenging moments.
However, he is usually calm and collected on the court for over 15 years, focusing on tennis and the rival on the other side of the net. Still, that was not always the case, and it would have been hard to recognize Roger's behavior until the end of his teenage years.
The Swiss could not keep his temper down right from the very first competitive matches in juniors, throwing racquets, swearing and having something to say about every point he would lose! Speaking about those seasons in 2002, Roger said he needed years to start making improvements in that area, losing too much energy on fighting with himself and doing his best to change that before stepping on the ATP Tour.
Remembering those days, Federer also mentioned how his parents felt embarrassed on some occasions while watching his matches, urging him to change his attitude or to go to tournaments without them.
Roger Federer struggled to tame his temper when he was junior.
"When I was very young, and I started playing at the age of three, I was always swearing around the court, throwing racquets and everything.
My parents felt embarrassed, and they would tell me to stop behaving like that; otherwise, they would not come to the tournaments with me anymore. I had to settle down, but it took me until I was maybe 19 when I finally started improving that segment of the game.
I complained about every point I would lose in the past, and I do not know how I got over that. I thought I was losing too much energy by always getting upset with myself. Now I'm calm, and I'm getting excellent press at Roland Garros and Wimbledon last year for my behavior on the court. Now I almost have to watch out not to act too calm on the court," Roger Federer said.