Many things have changed in men's tennis in the last 25 years. One was inevitable before everything changed on Monday! 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer lost his position on the ATP ranking list for the first time since September 1997, when he was 16 years old!
Struggling with injuries, Roger Federer has played just a couple of tournaments since the start of 2020. The Swiss has been dealing with a knee injury, undergoing three surgeries in 18 months and losing ground to his closest rivals.
Roger was ranked in the top 100 thanks to the points he collected at Wimbledon last year, and on Monday they plummeted to leave him with no points in his account for the first time in nearly 25 years. Federer had been in the ranking since September 22, 1997, ranking as the active player with the most experience in that segment.
The Swiss youngster earned a spot in the ATP rankings at No. 16 after scoring 12 points at the Swiss Masters Satellite 1 in Bossonnens. The teenager lost in the qualifying round of the Gstaad ATP event in July 1997 before entering those Bossonnens events, his first professional main draw tournaments.
In four events played on outdoor clay, Roger reached two semi-finals, losing them to second-seeded Daniele Balducci and top-seeded Agustín Garizzio. Roger took eight wins that month at Bossonnens and found himself on the brink of the top-800.
Making significant progress up the ATP ranking list, Roger broke into the top-100 two years later and broke into the top-20 in February 2001. The Swiss broke into the top-10 in May 2002 after the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg and missed out on the ATP throne in the summer of 2003.
Federer is a true legend
Roger Federer shed light on the challenges of dealing with fame and fortune. "How can I be myself? That has been the greatest test of my character. How do I deal with people who ask me what it's like to be rich, or what I'm going to do with my prize money? How do I deal with the travel, with the celebrity and the fortune?" he expressed.
"It's easy when you're sitting on the couch at home. There are many celebrities on this planet, I am not the only one. Not the only good tennis player either. It's nothing out of the ordinary for me, but it does get harder when you're out and about.
The press also portrays a certain image and sometimes you have to meet impossible expectations. They want you to be the superhero," continued the Swiss player.