Any aspiring young tennis pro would have their dreams come true if given the chance to work out with Roger Federer. It seems everyone else’s kids are fans of the great tennis player except his or her own. Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer says he tries to stay in the background when playing with his peers.
Roger Federer’s twin daughters and son play tennis up to four times a week at the moment. Federer, 41, laughed and said, “I’m not the coach, I’m the dad,” adding that parental guidance can only go so far. The kids won’t always listen to dad, even if he won Wimbledon, because he’s dad. I try to be funny, but I also make an attempt to be serious and get my point across clearly. Since I like to think of myself as more of a technical coach, I do my best to teach them about every type of tennis racket.
Federer freely confesses that he was relieved when his daughters Charlene and Myla first showed little interest in tennis. It would have been impossible for Federer to invest time in developing their development and understanding of tennis when they were young due to the demands of the tour, which required continual travel and little rest at home.
They entered the world in 2009, Federer’s peak year. Federer and his wife, he insisted, are not the kind of tennis parents whose daughters must put in two hours of practice every day. But when they approach 14 years old, I can feel how eager they are to play. Federer is proud that his children, especially Lenny and Leo, are following in his footsteps by learning to play tennis, and he says that their participation in his humanitarian activities is “very special.”
More than 2.5 million children in six southern African nations and Switzerland have benefited from the work of the Roger Federer Foundation, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. The goal of Federer’s foundation is to equip parents, educators, and communities to give their children the best possible education. He just returned from Lesotho, which will join the foundation in 2020 as the sixth country in southern Africa.
Since this was the first time his wife, mother, and all four of his children could be there, Federer treated his walk onto the court with extra importance. We had a great time because of this. I had never heard of Lesotho before our trip there, yet I ended up spending three or four days in the country. So, initially, I thought the trip was meant more for the children than for me. They were given more freedom to play with the kids and read aloud to them.
Seeing it with the perspective of a father who hopes to inspire his children to engage in acts of kindness was a lot of fun. Therefore, it was a great trip overall. During his stay, Federer read to the kids, played in the sand with them, and talked to their instructors on the importance of instilling a sense of responsibility in their young charges. For him, it’s “very important to be hands on” on trips like these.
He insists that you will eventually have to give in and give them power. if only to see their self-assurance grow and know that we’re making a difference. On Tuesday, the legendary Centre Court at Wimbledon paid tribute to Federer before his first-round match against the reigning women’s champion, Elena Rybakina. A roaring standing ovation greeted the introduction of the eight-time Wimbledon champion as he entered the Royal Box at the All England Club. It was a fitting sendoff for a guy whose 24-year career gave his supporters innumerable unforgettable experiences.