“Need More Rogers” Bill Gates Quotes David Epstein to Express His Fascination for Roger Federer

Published 12/09/2020, 12:10 PM EST
Roger Federer during a match against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Known for his elegant playing style, Roger Federer embodies all the attributes of a perfect tennis player. Each time Federer steps on the court, he makes the fans spellbound with his class and exquisite shot-making. Watching the Swiss Maestro is like ‘poetry in motion’ and getting mesmerized by the man’s greatness.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Recently, in his blog named Gates Notes, Bill Gates expressed his fascination for Federer and getting awestruck while watching the 8-time Wimbledon champion. Last year the billionaire paired up with Federer, for a celebrity exhibition match against the doubles team of Rafael Nadal and The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, in Cape Town, South Africa. The proceeds of the match went to Roger Federer Foundation to support educational projects for underprivileged kids in African countries and Switzerland.

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Quoting the late novelist David Foster Wallace, Gates implied that Federer is one of the most extraordinary athletes in the world. Here’s what Gates quoted about Federer, “one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws.”

Gates unveils success mantra of Roger Federer

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In his article, the billionaire talked about how surprised he was when he got to know that Federer had never played competitive tennis until he was a teenager. Having played a wide range of different sports, including skateboarding, swimming, ping pong, soccer, and badminton, Federer never received fancy coaching during his growing-up years.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the Gentlemen’s Singles final against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, Gates gave a reference to the book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World written by sports journalist, David Epstein, to explain the advantages of knowing multiple disciplines. Epstein used Federer’s experience as his opening example of the underappreciated benefits of delaying specialization and accumulating a breadth of different experiences.

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“In a world that increasingly incentivizes, even demands, hyper-specialization,” he writes, “we … need more Rogers: people who start broad and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives while they progress.” wrote Epstein.

Through the author’s words, Gates stressed the importance of having unique experiences in life to gain a wide range of perspectives to excel in your career.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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