Roger Federer’s Kids Make Fun of His Mistakes in Practice, Reveals Training Partner

Published 03/31/2021, 7:21 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Roger Federer may be a top dog in tennis, but this doesn’t stop his children from having an occasional go at him when he errs in practice. Rising Italian player Thomas Fabbiano, who is picking up from the best as he is Federer’s current training partner, has given the tennis world a peek into how Federer’s boys don’t miss out on a chance to pull his leg.

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Federer’s sons had a go at him after he made some unforced errors at practice

Speaking to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Fabbiano revealed a recent instance when the little ones took a fun dig at their father for making “unforced errors” in practice. He said the light-hearted banter was from his recent training block in Dubai.

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Federer withdrew from the Dubai Open after making a quarter’s exit at his comeback event in Doha. But he continued to camp in Dubai, putting in strenuous training hours with Fabbiano ahead of the all-important grass-court swing.

It was during his training stint in the Emirates that his children came visiting along with their grandmother Lynette. The Italian said the twins knocked tennis balls with their granny in a side court while his father was busy having a hit with him.

“And sometimes they made fun of him when he made unforced mistakes. It was very funny,” Fabbiano saidHe added that the banter showed how the champion, a “very good father”, dotes on his children and doesn’t mind an occasional critique or two from them.

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Roger Federer returned to competitive tennis after a 14-month absence

Federer took an indefinite break from tennis after undergoing a second knee surgery last year. He did play the Australian Open 2020 but skipped all events thereafter to recover from the surgery.

The 39-year-old returned to action after a 14-month absence amid soaring expectations around his comeback event – the Qatar Open.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: The children of Roger Federer of Switzerland, Charlene, Myla, Lenny and Leo are seen during the Men’s Singles first round match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 39-year-old won his comeback match against Englishman Dan Evans, his former training partner, but couldn’t get past big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in his next.

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Federer has now confirmed participation at Halle, his traditional tune-up grass-court event ahead of Wimbledon.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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