Roger Federer Reveals What He Wants to Be Famous for Beside Tennis

Published 03/29/2021, 6:23 AM EDT
Roger Federer smiles during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)


Roger Federer has led one of the most glorious professional careers in tennis history. Even at the age of 39, Federer still has a light inside him that pushes him to achieve more in the sport. But now, his larger dreams are centered around his philanthropic responsibility.

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The Swiss maestro founded the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 and has changed the lives of over 100 million children so far. Although his foundation primarily works for underprivileged African children, he works for the betterment of society in general.

In a recent interview, the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed the importance of philanthropy in his life.

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Roger Federer returned to tennis in Doha this month, after being away for 13 months to recover from two knee surgeries. Despite Federer losing in the second round, fans could see the old spark in his tennis at the Qatar Open 2021.

However, his focus tournament of the year is Wimbledon, where he lost an iconic battle against Novak Djokovic in the 2019 final. While it might be a dream come true to lift a record-extending ninth Wimbledon trophy, Federer’s goal does not stop there.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 05: Roger Federer during the arrival press conference in Cape Town ahead of The Match in Africa against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town International Airport on February 05, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 103 ATP title winner also wants to be remembered for his work for the children. “Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be as famous for my philanthropic journey as I am for tennis,” Federer said.

(Quotes have been translated from French to English via Google Translate)

Inarguably, the Swiss maestro has invested his time, money, and soul into his charitable activities. Thus, along with being a phenomenal tennis player, Federer serves as an example for the younger generation on the philanthropic front as well.

But while he continues to do good work outside of tennis, tennis fans are desperately waiting to see him play again.

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The Basel-born professional revealed that he still requires more time in training to prepare for Wimbledon. Experts believe he will need to play as many clay tournaments as possible to be ready for that.

Hence, Federer will look forward to playing a clay tournament next month or in May. However, there are heavy clouds of doubt over his participation in the French Open.

Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021, Switzerland’s Roger Federer wearing a mask as he walks out before his first-round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

Above all, fitness and health are most important to him, and so he will work out something around that. Until then, fans can catch the tennis action going on in Miami and wait for the upcoming clay-court season.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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