“Never Saw Him as a Future Star”: Roger Federer’s Parents Make Honest Admission

Published 08/10/2021, 5:57 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland is interviewed after his victory over Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day Five of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Swiss tennis star Roger Federer recently celebrated his 40th birthday. After entering this next chapter in life, the maestro still manages to continue being at the top of his game. Sadly, he has been hit with injuries in the recent past that have kept him away from the circuit. 

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Recently, Roger Federer’s parents Lynette and Robert spoke on a few subjects. However, the one topic that caught attention was when they spoke about their son and if they ever imagined that he would be such a successful individual in his profession. 

Rafael Nadal of Spain congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on winning their Men’s Final as Roger Federer holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup match on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

As reported by Blick, Roger’s parents stated, “People have often said how exceptional his talent was or how well he knew how to handle the ball from an early age. But we couldn’t have foreseen the incredible success he had afterward. We never saw him as a future star, so we didn’t live with that in mind. For a long time, we just waited to see how things were going to turn out.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Roger Federer created an impact in 2001

Federer was first noticed when he knocked out Pete Sampras in 2001 at the Wimbledon Championships. That was the last time the American legend stepped on the Center Court at the All England Club. 

Since then, the Swiss ace has won 20 Grand Slam titles. He has won 8 Wimbledon Championships, 6 Australian Open titles, 5 US Open Championships, and 1 French Open in 2009. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Roger Federer of Switzerland and his father Robert Federer pose with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in the players locker room after winning the men’s final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day fourteen of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Reflecting on his season so far, Roger began competing in Doha but suffered an early-round exit. After that, he was noticed in Geneva but had a similar fate, losing in the opening round. 

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Next up at the French Open, he made it to the second week but pulled out before his fourth-round match as he was lacking match fitness. At the Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the quarterfinal, which was a letdown for him. Fans will hope to see him compete during the matches at the US Open

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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