Roger Federer’s family is more important to the tennis star than winning any tournament he plays. Roger’s parents, Robert and Lynette Federer, helped him learn the game of tennis. Now, Roger and his wife, Mirka Federer, are raising a family of their own with four children. Roger also has one sister, Dianna Federer, who is also the mother of twins.
Roger admits that his dad, Robert, exercised tough love as he developed his game. He recalled his dad leaving him during a practice session after Robert believed his son was not taking it seriously.
“I was very lucky that I had wonderful parents and still have, they have been unbelievably supportive,” Roger said, per Tennis World. “Playing with my dad, he would not allow me to do the moonballs, hit super high that they would bounce high because old school everybody used to use the continental grip and play slice and I used to challenge him. He would get upset that I would not listen and then eventually got so fed up that he said, ‘Look, if you want to continue, If I continue being this way I am leaving.’ He said, ‘Ok I am leaving, I will see you at home.’ He put five Swiss Franc on the bench, I waited for half an hour, he never came back.
Roger eventually found his way home through the train station, but the moment helped the tennis star realize what it was going to take to become a successful athlete. All the hard work paid off as Roger is one of the greatest tennis players to have ever played.
“And when you start thinking of your family or your friends, you go back in the gym, you go back into the practice courts where there was nobody watching, and all of the sudden you realize we’ve put in so much work and it all paid off,” Roger told CNN.
Roger Federer’s Parents Have South African Roots
Robert was born in Switzerland and met Roger’s mom, Lynette, when he went to South Africa on vacation, per SA News. As a child, Roger spent time in both South Africa and Switzerland which helped broaden his perspective.
“I think it comes from the values of my parents; and me, myself, when I was young being in South Africa…seeing that Switzerland is different to southern Africa, that you can have a big impact if you do it the right way,” Roger noted, per SA People.
Federer’s Former Tennis Coach Peter Carter Was Like a Family Member
One of the most impactful moments of Roger’s life came in the form of tragedy in 2002. Roger’s former coach, Peter Carter, died in 2002 in a car accident. Nearly two decades later, it is still something Roger talks about and refers to it as a “wake-up call.”
“I guess he didn’t want me to be a wasted talent so I guess it was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away and I really started to train hard,” Roger explained to CNN. “Peter was really a really important person in my life because I think if I can say thank you for my technique today, it’s to Peter.”
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.