The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer has been a role model for many tennis players over the last 15 years. Like all the other competitors, Federer has had some dark moments in those most challenging moments throughout the years.
Still, he is usually calm and collected on the court, focusing on tennis and the rival on the other side of the net. That was not always the case, though, as it would be hard to recognize Roger for his behavior in the closing stages of his teenage years!
The Swiss could not keep his temper down right from the first competitive matches in juniors, throwing racquets, cursing and having something to say about every point he would lose! Speaking about that chapter of his career in 2002, Roger said he needed years to start making improvements in that segment.
He realized that it took too much energy to fight with himself, and he did 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 him play, urging him to change his attitude or go to tournaments without them!
Roger Federer struggled to keep his temper in his junior days.
"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 to make improvements in that area. 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.
I'm calm now, 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.