“Brought Serenity”: Former Coach Reveals How Peter Carter Helped Roger Federer to Became a Calm Person

Published 08/09/2021, 12:59 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs


Besides being one of the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer is known for his calmness and patience on the court. He is the one who doesn’t lose his temper even in the toughest of moments and thus, is a great source of inspiration for the youngsters.

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In a recent interview with We Love Tennis, Roger Federer’s former coach, Madeleine Barlocher, revealed how he became a calm person. Even though he believes his wife, Mirka, played a role in it, he mentioned that it was largely because of the efforts of his first coach, Peter Carter.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

“At that time, only Peter Carter could really calm him down. Roger and Peter got along very well. Carter helped him a lot and trained him well at the tactical level, especially during competitions. His experience of the circuit and his level of play have brought him a lot. Peter brought serenity,” said Barlocher in the interview.

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According to Barlocher, it was Carter who brought serenity in Federer. He also reflected that Peter was able to keep the Swiss Maestro calm and also helped him to develop his tactics on the court.

Madeleine Barlocher discloses that Roger Federer learned a lot from Peter Carter

Carter first met Federer when he was just 9-years-old. He identified that the kid is special and took the responsibility of coaching him personally.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Paul Childs.

In the same interview, Barlocher stated that Federer learned a lot of things from Carter. He emphasised that they both used to go to tournaments together and Carter had a special talent of keeping all his pupils calm and composed.

“Moreover, he managed to calm all the Juniors. Roger learned a lot by his side, in the management of his matches, because Peter accompanied him on the tournaments. Then, he even went to the Biel study center where Roger was training. They continued to play together on the Challengers and the big junior tournaments. Roger has always been very injured very little in his career,” added the former coach.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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