Roger Federer was born August 8, 1981 in Binningen, near Basel, Switzerland. He is the son of Swiss national, Robert Federer, and South African-born, Lynette Federer. Federer has both Swiss and South African citizenships.
Like all Swiss citizens, Federer was required to military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. In 2003, Federer was deemed unfit to serve due to a long-standing back problem. Therefore, he was not required to fulfill his obligations.
Federer has been a career tennis player since he was a child. As a junior player, his greatest accomplishments were his single and doubles win at Wimbledon.
Federer’s first professional tournament competition was in 1998. Federer’s career has soared ever since. As of 2011, Federer is ranked as the number three player in the world. He has won a record 16 Grand Slam singles titles, holding at least one Grand Slam title every single week from Wimbledon 2003 until the Australian Open in 2011. He is one of of seven male tennis players to earn the career Grand Slam and one of three players to do so on three different surfaces. Federer also earned a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.
Many sports analysts, tennis critics, former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time. Currently Federer is married to former Women’s Tennis Association player Mirka Vavrinec. The couple have twin girls who were born in 2009. Federer’s career prize money earnings total up to $62,037,032.00, making him the all-time leader in earnings.
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