Former world number one and Tennis Legend, Roger Federer has proven his worth and place in the world of Tennis and has gotten world recognition and numerous awards. Federer has just been listed among other people in Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ for 2018.
He is one of the six athletes in the world listed alongside stars and great personalities from all walks of life. He also graced the cover of the magazine and had his entry written by Microsoft founder and CEO, Bill Gates.
Alongside Roger Federer is the Golden State Warriors forward, Kevin Durant. These two personalities were enlisted in the Titans section of the magazine. On that section, you can find the likes of J.J. Watt of Houston Texans defensive end, Figure Skater Rippon, Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim, etc.
The 36-year-old and former world number one, Roger Federer, sprung back to the top when he returned to action last year following his streak of winnings and Grand Slams. He won a total of seven titles cumulatively, a record-breaking 10th Wimbledon crown, including the Australian Open.
The Tennis Legend is well respected as the oldest world number one when he attained that title and ATP ranking in February at the Rotterdam Open, just after he won yet again the Australia Open in January 2018.
In his entry written by Bill Gates, he was showered with praises by the Microsoft tycoon and founder, for his charitable works and of course for being the greatest tennis player of all time.
“It’s no secret that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player ever,” Gates wrote. “As David Foster Wallace wrote, he is ‘one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws.’ He also seems exempt from the laws of aging. At 36, he’s still winning Grand Slams with a combination of grace and grit.”
“But not as many fans know about what Roger is doing off the court. Twice I’ve had the thrill of being his doubles partner to help raise money for his foundation, and we’ve become friends in the process. I’ve learned how sincerely Roger and his team are working to improve the life prospects for poor children — a mission that stems from his childhood visits to his mother’s home country of South Africa and seeing extreme poverty firsthand,” Gates said.
“Roger knows that effective philanthropy, like great tennis, requires discipline and time. It will be a sad day for all of us fans when he hangs up his racket — but we can take comfort in knowing that he’s committed to making the world a more equitable place,” he added.
Indeed Roger Federer is the greatest of all time in the tennis history, not because Bill Gates said so but because he truly is. Sometime ago, Uncle Toni, the uncle and Coach of his arch rival Rafael Nadal, once said this despite his nephew being a great player too.
Congratulations Roger Federer, for a recognition well deserved and earned!