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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Roger Federer

Roger Federer was born at the Basel Cantonal Hospital in Basel, Switzerland on August 8, 1981.

His father, Robert Federer, is Swiss and his mother, Lynette Federer (born Durand), is a South African whose ancestors were Dutch and French Huguenots. Roger Federer holds both Swiss and South African citizenship.

Federer peaks Swiss German, Standard German, English and French fluently, Swiss German is his native language.

Federer was raised as a Roman Catholic and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament in Rome.

Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. However, in 2003 he was deemed unfit because of a long-standing back problem and was subsequently not required to fulfill his military obligation.

Federer met former Women's Tennis Association player Mirka Vavrinec when both were competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. They were married at Wenkenhof Villa in Riehen near Basel on April 11, 2009.

On 23 July 2009, Mirka gave birth to identical twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. On May 6, 2014. the Federers had another set of twins, this time boys whom they named Leo and Lennart, called Lenny.

After winning his first-ever Wimbledon title, Federer was gifted a milking cow, which he named ‘Juliette’.

By Sirquine - Own work, CC BY 3.0, $3

Federer became the #1 ranked men's singles player on February 2, 2004, a position he would hold for a record 237 weeks.

In 2009 Federer won a record 15th Grand Slam title in tennis, when he beat Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.

Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam a few weeks before his 36th birthday on July 16, 2017.

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