Name: Roger Federer
Birthday: 8 August 1981
Profession: Tennis Player
Roger Federer was born into a well-off family and was more used to spending money than earning more for himself. As a youngster, he discovered that he had a passion for playing tennis. After realising that he was also extremely talented, he began to tell people that he would become the best tennis player in the world in the future. However, people would hear this and laugh at him.
Even though he showed great promise as a sportsman, he was of a short temperament at the time and this was getting in the way of his success. He often raised his voice, threw and kicked his racquet around the court. As a result of this, Roger’s parents started to become worried for his troubles. Knowing this, they did everything they could think of to change him; however this only proved to aggravate Federer’s frustrations.
After this, he began spending more time during his teenage years with his coach, Peter Carter. He realised the amazing potential that Roger possessed and that he couldn’t perform up to the mark due to his attitude issues. Carter started teaching him the importance of being polite and gracious in defeat alongside his usual coaching responsibilities.
Roger Federer – Victorious:
After taking these tips on board, Federer was starting to get his life back on track and in line with his goals when his coach suddenly died in a car crash. He was devastated at the thought of losing his mentor and he understood that he would be all on his own to make decisions for himself from now on. At this point in his life, he decided to become a more decent and respectable man. He started working on his behaviour and soon overcame his aggression. Over time, he climbed the ranks to the No.1 position and won every major title that came along the way. Today, Roger Federer is one of the most respected sportsmen in the world.
Roger Federer Mindset – Quotes:
“I just decided that I was going to act that way and behave that way on a tennis court so I would never lose matches because of my mental strength.”
“It’s enough, I can’t stand it watching me throw racquets and embarrass myself in front of thousands of people in a live stadium. So I tried to change, I had quite a transformation from a screaming, racquet throwing, swearing kind of brat on the tennis court to this calm guy you know today.”
“Once upon a time I took a decision that I was going to be more focused and get my mind right when it really mattered. It took me a long time but I’m very proud that I was able to achieve that and today my mind is one of my strong points when I play tennis.”
“I think I had a long process of getting my mental strength going. It took me almost three years to figure myself out on a court. Am I happy? I always call it the fire and ice situation. The fire wanting to win, being excited after a good point and the ice coolness of accepting losses, accepting bad shots, accepting the crowd, the tough circumstances. And I think I found the right balance after three years on tour and I looked in the long term.”
“Of course I still get nervous, of course sometimes I still don’t play very well but I can trust myself and it has been really interesting to see my evolution.”
“It shouldn’t all be bad and disappointing. So you have to see the positives in tough moments and when you are on the tennis court you give it all you have and you believe in your team, you believe in your game plan and you go for it. You can’t win them all that’s what my parents always told me but you can try your very best and that’s what you always should strive for.”
Roger’s Keys to Success:
- Be cool – Try to avoid having extreme high and low emotions and aim to stay balanced in important moments. By cooling down your emotions, you can give better attention to the things you need to do.
- Accept misfortune – The best way to get over a bad twist of fate is to accept it as soon as you can and focus on the next opportunity. As soon as your focus moves away from the past and into the present, you will improve your mindset.
- Tolerate nervousness – Being nervous is a state everybody can relate to, so try not to think of it as a bad thing. Nervousness just shows that you place importance on the thing you are worried about, so try to tolerate it when it shows.
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Roger’s Other Interests:
Music, Cards, Fishing, Computer Games