To the Man who changed the history of the Tennis Court and made an impact on his community, as we bid farewell to the King of Tennis, we look back to some of the most memorable things Roger Federer has done outside the court.
Roger Federer is no stranger to the Tennis Court. The Swiss star has played 1500 matches over four years and won a total of 20 Grand Slam titles, 103 ATP titles and was the World’s No. 1 player. Federer, without a doubt, is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Much has been said about Roger Federer’s game. From his flawless technique, to his style on and off the court, it is his combination of grace, fluidity and effortlessness which makes him incomparable to his competitors. Apart from finessing his tennis skills, Federer is also a philanthropist who is constantly working towards bringing change to society. Beyond the court, this humanitarian is known for his generosity, sincerity and respect. Federer is not just one of the greatest athletes of all time, but he considers himself placed in a seat with responsibilities, and does his part to fulfil those responsibilities.
“It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.” – Roger Federer
1. The Roger Federer Foundation
“I love empowerment, just in general. Making somebody a stronger person and then that person being able to do it on their own is a wonderful thing. A little push can really do wonders and we’re going to keep doing that for years to come.” – Roger Federer
Even after his retirement, Federer continues to give back to society. The #ToastToRoger initiative by Moët & Chandon invites Federer's friends and followers to send messages of love, appreciation, memories, and wishes for his bright future ahead on social media. For every post shared with the hashtag #ToastToRoger, Moët & Chandon will make a donation on behalf of the participants to the icon’s charity, the Roger Federer Foundation. The initiative echoes the House’s previous involvements in Roger’s philanthropic causes, such as The Match For Africa series, also conceived with the aim of raising funds for his foundation. A true gentleman in and out of the league, during his 20th-anniversary celebration in 2018, the tennis icon confessed: “One day, I wish my name to be known more for what the foundation has achieved than for my sports titles”.
The sport may have lost one of its most well loved players, but the memories and impact Federer has made on the lives of those around him will never be forgotten. His legacy remains irreplicable and he will continue to inspire and empower individuals on and off the court.
"It is our responsibility to connect with the real world beyond our sport [and] use our fortune to make a difference in the lives of those who most need it." - Roger Federer