from hot-headed Federer to gentleman Roger, building a legend

from hot-headed Federer to gentleman Roger, building a legend

from hot-headed Federer to gentleman Roger, building a legend

Dear parents, if your child or teenager has an inveterate taste for questionable hair choices and a strong character, don’t despair. He could very well become like Roger Federer. The image can make those who see the Swiss a model of sobriety and class smile. The future retiree was not always this champion dressed up and praised by all for his irreproachable behavior. Roger was not born Federer, the immaculate tennis legend. He’s become.

Young, Roger Federer had everything about the scoundrel. Not a brat, even rather respectful to say of him his first coaches. But a hyperactive boy, crazy about the yellow ball and already very ambitious. “I remember a cheeky and free boysaid to The group Mathieu Aeschmann, one of his partners in the Swiss tennis studios in Ecublens. He was very personable and funny. He was simply natural, with a rebellious character, annoying and endearing at the same time.

This assertive temperament could then quickly turn into great frustration when everything didn’t go the way it wanted on the ground. Roger Federer is emotional – a trait he will keep throughout his career, evidenced by the tears he shed after his major titles – and struggles to control his nerves. “I used to swing a lot with my racket and, at 16, I was even kicked off the court for it.“, He confessed Daily Express November 21, 2017. To the point of having to call a specialist, Christian Marcolli, a former footballer converted into a mental performance specialist. “When I was 17, my family decided I had to go to a psychologist, I was so nervous when I was playing.

The defeats were real disasters for himevokes his father in the book Roger Federer, the pursuit of perfection. And when he didn’t like something, he could get very aggressive. The dice and all the board games flew across the room.The Swiss has to work on his attitude because the talent is there and begins to make the young Roger talk about him.

Roger Federer throws his racket to the ground during the quarter-finals of the Marseille tournament, February 5, 1999 (BORIS HORVAT / AFP)

He had come to Geneva to serve as my sparring partnerremembers former player Marc Rosset in the newspaper Time. Kids are usually a little nervous about playing the Swiss number one, but he was more than relaxed.“A relaxation that does not prevent him from revealing himself by winning Wimbledon among the juniors.

When he arrived among the greats of the ATP circuit, Roger Federer stood out for his style. Peroxidized hair, messy cut and surfer necklace, then ponytail paired with a three-day beard… Federer was then a young man his age, with his stylistic eccentricities. His game is refined, his first exploits are not long in coming, such as the victory over one of his idols, Pete Sampras, on the London lawn in 2001. But his bloodshed is not entirely. disappeared. The trigger comes a little over a year later. In the midst of the Masters 1000 in Toronto, his coach Peter Carter, who shaped him from the youth academy, died in an accident. Faced with the loss of a loved one for the first time, Federer is “pissed off than he’s ever been in his life“Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer states in the book Roger Federer, the pursuit of perfection. “Unfortunately, I believe this death marked a turning point in his career.Marc Rosset explained to Time. After this drama, he stopped being casual, as if he were going to succeed.

Federer the stormy begins his mission upward, but above all towards its fulfillment. “I was caught in a mix of fire and ice, explained in a promotional video for one of its partners, in November 2018. The fire of the desire for victory, the joy after a good point, and the coldness to calm down and accept defeats, bad shots, crowds, bad circumstances … I found my balance after three years on the circuit. I thought about the long term, I wanted to play for 15 or 20 years and I decided that I would do this on the pitch. And so I will never lose a game again because of my mentality.

The consequences are immediate. First Grand Slam title in 2003, five titles in a row at Wimbledon (2003 to 2007) and the US Open (2004 to 2008), an astronomical number of coronations, 237 weeks in first place in the world (February 2004 to August 2008) … Enough to cement his place in the history books of his sport, or even the sport itself. But also in the hearts of tennis fans. Because the joking Federer has become a kind of ideal son-in-law, with his hair cut without the slightest strand, a model family man thanks also to the balance brought to him by his wife Mirka, who has accompanied him everywhere since their meeting in 2000 and masterfully manages the his career.

The rascal who divided his room between trophies and gorgeous posters of Pamela Anderson now has the singer of fashion and “good taste” Anna Wintour in his entourage. The purity of her technique is complemented by her rhythm off the pitch, which is always flawless. Her good nature makes him one of the nicest and nicest people in an interview. On the circuit, everyone highlights his availability, his kindness or even her playfulness. Good in all respects without being smooth in summary. His number one opponent, Rafael Nadal, also refers to their rivalry as “an honor and a privilegeGone are the days of blonde locks. Federer the gentle rebel has made his transformation one of the best stories of his generation.

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