Roger Federer, a class act on and off the court, leads tennis revival

Roger Federer leads the way as tennis’ popularity continues to grow.

Tennis participation throughout the U.S. continued its growth on every measurable level in 2008 with more players, nearly 26.9 million, mixing it up on the courts than at anytime in the past 15 years according to The United States Tennis Association and Tennis Industry Association. The days of being able to guarantee an available court at your local park are gone.

Why Tennis’ Popularity is Surging

Many factors have undoubtedly played a role in making tennis more popular again. Those include: TV coverage of professional tennis, the relative inexpensiveness of the sport and the fact that it’s good exercise. Another big reason for the increased popularity is the number and quality of stars at the professional level. None of the stars shine brighter than Roger Federer.

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Roger Federer

Roger Federer, a class act on and off the court

Federer is on the verge of tying the record set by Pete Sampras for most Grand Slam single titles won. In tennis, the Grand Slam events include: Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, The French Open and The Australian Open.

The Swiss star is noted for his stylish game and is capable of winning in so many ways. Jimmy Connors said of him, “In an era of specialists – you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist — or you’re Roger Federer.” John McEnroe has referred to Federer’s forehand as, “the greatest shot in our sport.” He spent a record 237 weeks ranked #1 in the sport.

In addition to his mastery on the court, his actions and manner off the court have set him apart. Always gracious in victory and defeat, he finds a way to treat everyone with respect. A former ball boy, he is known for not only funding pizza parties for the ball boy teams after events, but also on occasion showing up and sharing in the festivities. Respectful of officials and opponents, he sets a great example for younger players.

The Roger Federer Foundation

His Roger Federer Foundation “supports education, sports and leisure activities in places with little or no funding at all.” A Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef, Federer helped the United Nations launch the “International Year of Sport and Physical Education” with Kofi Annan in 2004. Following the devastating tsunami of 2005, Federer led several fundraising initiatives including the ATP All-Star Rally for Relief, a fundraising exhibition event featuring top players in tennis.

–Mike O’Halloran

The founder of Sports Feel Good Stories is a lifetime tennis player.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Who would not be revived in playing tennis? With Roger Federer in the court, I think all eyes will simply not look only at the ball, but he attracts the crowd’s attention is something of a gift.. a very rewarding gift.

  2. I am fan of Federer.. 2010 was the worst year for federer’s standars but he is already 29 (too old for tennis). i am sure that next year (atleast) he will come back stronger and will grand slam(s)! We know roger! come on now! he always surprise us and that’s why he is a champion..!!! he can’t win so easy matches again all this young talents like all the last years.. it’s not the same to be 29 and 22!

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