‘Threw a Racquet From the Back of the Court’- Legendary Tennis Coach Narrates How He Punished a Young Roger Federer

Published 02/23/2023, 9:55 AM EST

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With his mesmerizing on-court antics, Roger Federer has won the hearts of the entire tennis community throughout his illustrious journey. The Swiss tennis legend has often managed to remain a calm figure on the ATP Tour. Nonetheless, it is a natural component of the sport for athletes to sometimes get carried away with their anger and frustration.

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The same was once the case with the 20 singles Grand Slam champion. He was involved in an outburst on the tennis court. It was Maria Sharapova’s former coach, Sven Groeneveld, who came to give him a lesson. Here’s what the Dutch tennis coach said about his task of disciplining the former world No. 1 player.

Sven Groeneveld opened up about an incident involving Roger Federer

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Some excerpts from “The Roger Federer effect,” includes Sven Groeneveld detailing his on-court antics with the Swiss tennis Maestro. After Roger Federer was involved in some kind of outburst, they gave the Dutch tennis coach the task of disciplining him. Groeneveld has his own way of getting the maximum out of the former tennis ace.

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The former tennis player further revealed how sometimes coaches utilize strict actions to punish even the greatest athletes in the sporting community. He talked about Federer’s antics, “I disciplined him one time when he threw a racquet from the back of the court through some sponsors,” during this training session in Biel.

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After witnessing his discourteous acts, Groeneveld said that he had to discipline Federer in his own way. Thus, they punished the 41-year-old tennis legend as he was told to clean the court for a period of ten days. They also asked Federer to assist the groundsman as a part of his disciplinary tasks.

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Groeneveld once detailed Federer’s wife’s impact on his journey

In Roger Federer’s biography, ‘The Master,’ the emphasis was also given to the 20 singles Grand Slam champion and his relationship with his wife. While talking about Mirka, Christopher Clarey detailed her impact on Federer’s illustrious journey on the ATP Tour.

Even the former tennis player, Sven Groeneveld, expressed his opinion on Mirka’s crucial role in the 41-year-old tennis legend’s remarkable achievements and grandeur. He said that Federer’s wife was on a “mission” as he talked about the unwavering support and role played by her. Mirka recognized his talent and skills from their meeting back in 2000.

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WATCH THIS STORY: Serena Williams pays tribute to Roger Federer.

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Anurag Gusain

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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in English from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching superstar Rafael Nadal play.
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