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Five Things You May Not Know About Roger Federer

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17-time Grand slam champion Roger Federer is one of the most beloved athletes in the world of sport. His accomplishments in tennis are known by many around the world. He is the only man in history to play in 65 consecutive grand slam tournaments, spend 302 weeks as world No.1 and win 24 consecutive tournament finals. The records are endless, but there are still a few things that might surprise you about the 35-year-old.

1. He is the fifth most popular athlete in the world

 

According to research conducted by ESPN, Federer is the fifth most popular athlete in the world. The position was worked out based on a formula created by ESPN. The calculation combines a athletes salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity. Only Neymar, Lionel Messi, Lebron James and Cristiano Ronaldo are more popular.

Federer’s social media fans
Facebook – 14.586 M
Twitter – 6.15M
Instagram 2.2 M
Total = 22.936 million (almost four times the population of Luxembourg).

2. Oxfam made over £100,000 thanks to his 2012 Wimbledon win

In 2003 a man named Nick Newlife placed £1,520 on a 66/1 bet that Federer would win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019. The 35-year-old easily achieved the task, winning title No.7 in 2012. Unfortunately, Mr Newlife passed away in 2009 and never had the chance to witness the Swiss player achieve the historic event.

The betting slip was left to the charity Oxfam in Mr Newlife’s will. As a result, the charity made over £100,000 thanks to Federer’s win over Andy Murray.

It wasn’t all tragic for Mr Newlife. Prior to his death, he withdrew £16,750 after betting that Federer would win 14 Grand slam titles. Federer won title No.14 at the 2009 French Open.

3. Only three other athletes in the world earn more than him

Forbes has ranked Federer as the fourth highest paid athlete in the world. The American business magazine estimates that annually Federer receives $7.8M in salary/earnings and a further $60M in endorsements. He currently has sponsorship deals with companies such as Nike, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and Credit Suisse.

The only three athletes that earn more than Federer is Ronaldo (football), Messi (football) and James (Basketball). In the tennis world Federer’s nearest rival is Novak Djokovic, who earns an estimated $12M less than him.

4. He is half South African

Federer might be one of Switzerland’s greatest athletes of all time, but he is only half Swiss. His mother Lynette was born and raised in South Africa. At the age of 18 she met Federer’s father whilst working at a factory for the Swiss chemical company Ciba. The two relocated to Switzerland in 1973 to work for the same company in Basel.

During an interview with Credit Suisse, Mrs Federer said that her son displays qualities that reminds her of her home country.

“You can tell he’s more South African just from his build,” she says.
“Roger once said it himself: he got his straightforward nature from me,” she added.

5. He has his own street

Earlier this year, the Swiss town of Biel named a street after the 35-year-old. Allée Roger Federer is located at the national centre for Swiss Tennis at the Tissot Arena sports complex. The venue is where the Swiss player conducted part of his junior training and authorities wanted to celebrate their connection to the player.

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Iga Swiatek Demands Talks With ITF And WTA After Withdrawing From Billie Jean King Cup

Iga Swiatek is not happy with the ITF and WTA after withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

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The world number one has announced that she will not compete at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November after criticising tennis’ governing bodies for not looking after player welfare.

 

The event is set to take place the week after the WTA Finals in Glasgow which causes a huge problem and obstacle for many players.

This is definitely the case for Swiatek who has qualified for the WTA Finals which takes place in Texas on the 31st of October.

A huge dilemma which now means Swiatek will not compete for her country at the Billie Jean King Cup.

Speaking on Instagram the Pole criticised the decision from the ITF and WTA and wants to speak to them about player welfare to prevent future decisions from happening, “I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in her Instagram story.

“And it makes me sad. I’m very sorry because I play for Poland whenever it’s possible and I always give it my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season.

“I’m disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone. This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury.

“I’m going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me, but mainly for the tennis fans that support our fans.”

It’s clear Swiatek wants change in terms of player welfare and communication between governing bodies on how to facilitate the schedule.

However Swiatek now turns her attention to preparing for the WTA Finals and first up for the Pole is Ostrava this week.

In her opening match Swiatek will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Shuai Zhang.

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Cameron Norrie Withdraws From Tokyo After COVID Positive Test

Cameron Norrie will miss the rest of the Asian swing due to COVID.

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After withdrawing from his quarter-final in Seoul, Cameron Norrie has now withdrawn from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo.

 

The Brit’s absence from the latter stages of the ATP 250 event in South Korea, raised eyebrows with Norrie suffering from illness.

However Norrie then withdraw from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo where he was due to play Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Now his absence has been explained as Norrie confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement originally posted on Instagram, Norrie explained he had no symptoms but has to quarantine in his hotel room in Seoul, “Unfortunately I had a positive COVID test in Korea and wasn’t able to compete in the rest of my matches,” Norrie said.

“I have no symptoms and I am feeling 100%. It’s been a complicated situation and I appreciate the Republic of Korea trying their best to be amicable in a very tough situation.

“I was really hoping to go to Tokyo but because of the quarantine period I will not be able to play there. Looking forward to getting back to Europe for the indoors. See you guys soon!”

This is the second time Norrie has tested positive for COVID with the first time being before the start of the season.

Norrie’s scheduled next tournament will be in Stockholm which will take place on the 17th of October.

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Carlos Alcaraz Faces Rune Test In Astana

Carlos Alcaraz leads a stacked field in Astana next week.

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Carlos Alcaraz returns to the ATP tour next week in Astana next week where he faces Danish talent Holger Rune.

 

The world number one plays his first ATP tournament since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in history.

Having qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, Alcaraz will now look to build momentum over the coming weeks for the event in Turin.

First up for Alcaraz is the ATP 500 event in Astana next week where the Spaniard faces a tough opening round in the form of Danish talent Holger Rune.

The Dane reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros earlier this year but had struggled for form since then.

However Rune has reached the semi-finals in Sofia this week and is hitting form at the right time so this will be a big test for Alcaraz.

Should Alcaraz get through that test than a potential second round meeting with Stan Wawrinka could be on the cards with the Swiss wildcard facing Adrian Mannarino in his opening match.

Andrey Rublev is the player that could face Alcaraz in the last eight with the eighth seed facing a qualifier in his opening round match.

Rublev is one of a number of players who are chasing the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Also in the top half of the draw is Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz with Tsitsipas facing Mikhail Kukushkin.

While Hurkacz faces Francisco Cerundolo and a potential second round match against home favourite Alexander Bublik could await in round two.

In the bottom half of the draw, Novak Djokovic will continue his search for a surge up the rankings against Cristian Garin.

Djokovic’s potential quarter-final is Jannik Sinner who begins against tricky serve and volleyer Oscar Otte.

Daniil Medvedev is also taking part in a stacked field in Astana as he faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening round match.

In the bottom quarter there is also an intriguing opening round match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Monday:

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