Roger Federer: 'I was swearing and throwing racquets when I was young'



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Roger Federer: 'I was swearing and throwing racquets when I was young'

A 20-time Major champion Roger Federer ended his career in September last year at the Laver Cup. The entire tennis world honored the Swiss maestro, an idol of many young players worldwide. Interestingly, Federer had struggled to control his temper until the early 00s, experiencing many outbursts during his junior days.

What later became a calm and collected champion, it would have been tough to recognize Roger during some of his junior and early professional events. The Swiss could not keep his temper down right from the first competitive matches in juniors.

He used to throw racquets, curse and have something to say about every point he would lose!

Roger Federer struggled to keep his temper in his junior days.

Speaking about that chapter of his career in 2002, Roger admitted he needed years to start making improvements in that segment.

The Swiss realized it took too much energy to fight with himself, 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 him play, urging him to change his attitude or go to tournaments without them!

Roger looked much better in 2001, achieving his first Major quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and dethroning the Wimbledon king Pete Sampras. Federer took his first Major crown two years later and became world no.

1 after the 2004 Australian Open. "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 got 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.