Roger Federer announces retirement – “It’s been an incredible adventure”
“When my love of tennis started, I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day.”
What a journey!
Federer has played for over 24 years, he has won 20 Grand Slams, 8 Wimbledon titles, 6 US Open titles, and literally hundreds more.
I can go on & on with the statistics of Federer’s greatness.
What fascinates me about Federer is how he transformed himself from a ball kid to a young aggressive player and then became one of the coolest & most gracious tennis players we have ever seen.
His transformation journey is equally inspiring.
In an interview with Clique Dimanche, Roger Federer commented on how his character has evolved.
“At the beginning, I was very angry, then I quickly learned that little details are important and that if I continued on this path things would have been very bad for me.”
Another turning point came when his Coach Peter Carter, who coached him from age 9 to 18, died in a car accident in 2002.
Federer was devastated but he looked at this tragic incident as a turning point in his career & life.
“I guess it was something of a wake-up call,” Roger says. “I really started to train hard.”
It’s fascinating how he transformed himself to become the most loved player amongst his peers, winning the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 13 times.
He has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record six times.
Now, check this – Fans voted for him in 2021 to receive the ATPWorldTour Fans’ Favourite Award for the 19th straight year (since 2003).
What an incredible man, what an incredible player, what an incredible journey!
So many things to learn from his amazing journey.
What are you inspired by the most? Would love to hear.
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