Roger Federer – Net Worth, Money and More

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Net Worth- $180 million

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Holding on to my breath, fingers crossed, eyes focused on the television screen, lips chanting something and within seconds, there goes a SMASH! And there he did it!! Federer won. I jump off my couch all elated and drink a beer. Well, not really beer but surely I go around screaming in joy. This man, Roger Federer, takes my heart with his smashes. A Swiss professional tennis player, he is ranked No. 8 by ATP and is regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time. Despite of holding place in our hearts, he also holds several men’s world records of the Opera Era and held No. 1 position for nearly 302 weeks from 2004 to 2008. Winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles and managing to reach in the finals of each Grand Slam 5 times at least along with reaching the finals of Wimbledon 8 times, makes him the flagship of this sport. A dominant player since years, who even swept off the other heroes like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer or FedEx (Federer Express) as he is referred to, remains the soul of tennis. He has been inspired by some great names and acts as an inspiration to many of us.

 

Personal life

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Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland at the Basel Cantonal Hospital but grew up in Birsfelden, Riehan. His father, Robert Federer, is a Swiss and mother, Lynette Federer, is a South African and as expected, he holds both Swiss and South African citizenship. He has an elder sister, Diana. Having said that, he is fluent in Swiss, French and English with German as his native language. Federer was raised as a Roman Catholic and he was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. However, he had to quit due to a severe back problem. Federer is also a football fan and grew up supporting Swiss National Football team. Not to forget his interest in cricket after having met Sachin Tendulkar. He used to play a lot of badminton and basketball for hand-eye coordination.

His wedding took place on the 11th of April, 2009 with his long-term girlfriend and former Women’s Tennis Association player Mirka Vavrinec in the presence of a small circle of close friends and family. They have two identical twin girls and are now expecting a third child in 2014.

 

Philanthropy

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When it comes to charity, Federer is no behind as he happens to supports a number of charities. To help the disadvantaged people and also to promote sports among people, he and his mother Lynette founded the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003. By auctioning his racquet in 2005, Federer helped the victims of the monstrous Hurricane Katrina from his US Open championship. At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, 2005, he had arranged an exhibition that included top players from ATP and WTP tours to a Rally for Relief. This was done for the tsunami affected victims in the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and South Africa. Did you know he was also appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF in 2006? He made one of the biggest contributions in response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake by joining hands with fellow top tennis players and by forming a charity event called ‘Hit for Haiti’ while forgoing their final day preparation of 2019 Australian Open in which the proceeds went to the victims. The World Economic Forum named him Global Young Leader of 2010 for his leadership and the various contributions he made to the society.

 

Career

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In the initial years, Federer first came up at Wimbledon in 1998 where he won both the boy’s singles over Irakli Labadze and defeated Andy Ram and Michaël Llodra by teaming up with Oliver Rochus. Additionally, he won four ITF junior singles tournament including the prestigious Orange Bowl. He entered 1998 as the No. 1 junior world ranking as a professional where we could say his journey started. He made his breakthrough in 2000 at the Marseille Open where initially he lost to Marc Rosset but later as he grew technique, he came up leaps and bounds and defeated Monica Seles and Jan Michael Gambill in the finals of Hopman, 2001. The remarkable victory which has put him in the top 10 for the first time was the Master series even at the 2002 Hamburg Maters by defeating Marat Safin. He won his first even Grand Slam singles at the Wimbledon in 2003. He made it to the ATP tours stepping in to 9 final rounds winning only 7 of them. The years from 2008 to 2013 were under his dominance winning several singles title and defeating many in the doubles by pairing up with some of the top notched players including Rafael Nadal, who is also considered to be his rival. He grabbed most of the Grand Slam titles than any other men’s singles.

 

Endorsements

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Federer is regarded as one of the highest earning athletes in the world and according to the Forbes World’s Highest Paid Athletes, he is listed number two. Not quite surprising to hear that he earns 40-50 million euros a year from his prize money that he receives and also the endorsements  from companies like Nike, Rolex, Lindt, etc. As a matter of fact, in 2013, he remained the top 10 earner in tennis with ten endorsement deals. He has many other sponsors and earlier, he was an ambassador for NetJets and Maurice Lacroix.

 

Treasures

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Apart from the properties in Switzerland, Federer owns a luxurious apartment in Dubai. The reason for choosing such a location was because he wanted to train himself getting used to different weather conditions. Also, a carp carpa villa was bought in Switzerland in a village called Valbella. This house was bought in 2008 in a ski region, a spacious house with all modern facilities including a tennis court. He also owns an expensive penthouse apartment in Zurich. Not to forget the ninth most expensive legal-street silver color car that he owns- Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster.

 

Hobbies

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This is interesting to know that Federer usually spends his time with his family in a water sport especially swimming. It is found that he enjoys swimming as he believes it keeps him mentally fit and healthy. Adding to that, tennis has always been his passion and is also seen playing tennis in his leisure time. His love for Swiss mountains is exhilarating. He said that he loves going to the mountains with his family whenever possible. He is also a regular visitor of Maldives.

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