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).
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5. Federer is the only player in history to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open consecutively for three straight years. Before Federer, Bill Tilden and Don Budge were the only players to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open back-to-back in two consecutive years.
6. As a 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 Butter in the final. That was his only title of the season, but it was a sign of things to come.
9. He is scared of roller coasters.
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11. Favourite drink: Sparkling water. Favourite movies: Gladiator, Good Will Hunting, James Bond film series. Favourite 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 per cent, for education- and sports-related projects, among others.