If there’s anything greater than the breathtaking natural ability that Roger Federer brings to a tennis court, it is the many records that his rare gift has delivered: alongside an unsurpassed 20 Grand Slam titles, there are a further 10 major finals and his unprecedented 310 weeks at world No.1, 237 of them consecutive.
A husband to Mirka and father to twin daughters Myla and Charlene, as well as twin sons Leo and Lenny. Federer has thrived in his position as an elder statesman of tennis, with his outstanding performances on tour enhanced by many off-court services to the sport and charitable causes. As reverential as he is revered, Federer’s commitment to honor the game’s glorious history helped establish the Laver Cup.
Now in the 21st season of his professional career, Federer continues to set new standards in excellence. Shortly after winning his 20th Grand Slam title at Australian Open 2018, the 36-year-old became the oldest world No.1 in history. His return to the top spot came 14 years after he first achieved the feat, setting a new record for longest span between reigns as No.1.
Winner: Australian Open, Rotterdam, Stuttgart
Runner-up: Indian Wells, Halle