Roger Federer’s Agent Reveals What Makes Him An ‘Extraordinary Human Being’

Published 01/13/2021, 12:30 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning match point during his Men’s Singles first round match against 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)


Known as the man behind Roger Federer, Tony Godsick has been the Swiss maestro’s agent for the last 15 years. Recently, he opened up on the 39-year-old’s character outside of tennis.

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In what could be called an all-out success, Tony helped Federer gain worldwide recognition. Now, the American works as the CEO of Team8 Sports and Entertainment, an agency which he co-founded with Federer.

The agency represents tennis stars like Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev, and Coco Gauff. Besides tennis players, they also handle the NHL goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

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Together, Tony and Roger even started their very own tennis tournament, the Laver Cup.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts in his fourth-round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during day seven of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Tony handled the commercial part of Federer’s career, but success wouldn’t have come from just that bit. It is the Basel-born’s warm and welcoming personality that did and still does the trick for him to date.

In an interview, the American expressed that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is a natural communicator. That is why, despite playing only one tournament in 2020, he still won the fans’ favorite award for the 18 consecutive year.

The American also mentioned that he and Roger usually converse twice or thrice a day. He then went on to elaborate on their relationship and the character of the owner of 103 ATP titles.

“Roger is an extraordinary human being, as it relates to relationships,” Godsick said. “Not many people are as engaging and charismatic as he is. He makes it fun.”

Given his enticing personality, the 39-year-old has been able to sign contracts that go beyond his career in tennis. And that is also how he became the highest-paid athlete in 2020.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory following his Men’s Singles third round match against Lucas Pouille of France during Day six of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 06, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

For over a year now, the tennis world has been waiting for the comeback of the Swiss maestro. His withdrawal from the Australian Open has only added fuel to the fire of his long-awaited return.

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Since Federer has continued to train, there is much hope of seeing him right after the Australian Summer Events. He will also have his eye on the Olympic Gold as well as the Grand Slams in 2021.

Considering that the Swiss maestro is approaching the end of his career, fans want a big farewell for him. Another title at Wimbledon could certainly be just that.

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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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