12 curiosities you didn’t know about Roger Federer – Born in Basel’s canton, on August 8th 1981, from a South African mother and a Swiss father. Roger Federer was vegetarian, used to sing Backstreet Boys, calls his wife Pipeli… These and much more things you didn’t know about this professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
1. His favorite animal is the lion. Favorite colour: black. Favorite number: 8.
2. Federer and his wife, Mirka Vavrinec, a former professional tennis player, are parents of twin girls, Myla and Charlene and twin boys, Leo and Lenny.
3. Since he was a child, he stood out for his character, but when he was 16 he decided to quit school and devote only to tennis.
4. He is 50 percent South African. His mother is from Johannesburg, South Africa.
5. Federer is the only player in history to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open consecutively for three straight years.
6. As junior player, Federer was excluded several times from the starting team, especially a bit before the week-end.”It’s not a secret that sometimes I was happy to be excluded from the team on Friday afternoon. So I could go home earlier”.
7. When he was a child he was vegetarian. He started to eat meat when he was 14.
8. In 2001, at 19, Federer won his first career title. It came in Milan, Italy, where he defeated well-established players Goran Ivanisevic and Yevgeny Kafelnikov before knocking off Julien Boutter in the final. That was his only title of the season, but it was a sign of things to come.
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9. He is scared of roller coasters.
10. After winning the Orange Bowl against Guillermo Coria in 1998, Roger posted up on his home door an adhesive tape with written on:” the number one lives here!”.
11. Favorite drink: Spaarling water. Favorite movies: Gladiator, Good Will Hunting, James Bond film series. Favorite Music: AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz.
12. In 2003, Federer established the Roger Federer Foundation, which helps provide grants to poor countries that have child mortality rates of more than 15 percent, for education- and sports-related projects, among others.
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