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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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Kiki Bertens Believes In Stability And Trust Ahead Of 2020 Season

Kiki Bertens looks for stability in hope of grand slam success in 2020.

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Kiki Bertens believes stability and trust is the key to success ahead of the 2020 season despite a time of change for the Dutchwoman. 

 

A time of change is approaching for Kiki Bertens as she recently just got married to her physical trainer Remko De Rijke.

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It’s not only off the court, change is approaching for the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist as her and coach Raemon Sluiter parted ways during the off-season.

After the split it would have been easy for Bertens to make a radical change to her coaching team but that is not her style as she has promoted Elise Tamaela to a main coaching role.

Even through a time of change, Bertens believes stability is crucial to success, “It takes me a while to be able to trust someone,” she admitted to Dutch website De Telegraaf. 

“And I don’t want to spend that time on something like that. We’re going to continue in the same way for next year. The results were not as expected in the Grand Slams but I had other good weeks. It’s really not that I felt different playing in the Slams than in other weeks in which I could win titles.”

Although the formula to winning a grand slam has yet to be solved, the world number nine has achieved great consistency having won 55 matches in 2019, which also included the biggest title of her career in Madrid.

A new era await for Bertens with her new coach and plenty of praise was given to Elise Tamaela ahead of the new season, “For me the most important thing is that that person knows a lot about tennis. I have to be able to fully trust her,” Bertens said.

“To be able to laugh with that person, eat with her. I prefer to keep the equipment to the minimum possible and be able to feel comfortable in terms of confidence. Sometimes more people in the team only bring more opinions. And that style is not mine.”

This simplistic formula has worked for Bertens in the past and as the 2020 season approaches, she’s not looking to change it.

However will inexperience lead to the same results at grand slams, with the level of the Women’s game rising, Bertens may find that breaking the boundaries of stability is needed.

The former world number four will start her march towards more glory in Brisbane on the 6th of January.

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Caroline Wozniacki Announces Retirement After Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open in January.

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Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open as a new chapter in her life approaches. 

 

The Dane won 30 WTA singles titles in her career and spent 71 weeks as world number one although a grand slam had haunted her for most of her career.

However that changed in 2018 after an epic win over Simona Halep sealed a dream come true as she won her first grand slam at the Australian Open.

Since winning her maiden slam though, it has been an uphill struggle on the court for Wozniacki as she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Some days the former world number one and on some days, it is a constant battle for her to even wake up in the morning.

Now with other priorities taking over having been married to former NBA player David Lee since June and already studying Business at Harvard, Wozniacki today took the decision to retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

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In a statement on Instagram, Woznaicki told her followers that she had accomplished everything she wanted to and looks forward to the future, “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.

“Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.

“This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!

“Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!”

Although this retirement may have been coming, not many people would have predicted it would come at the scene of her grand slam breakthrough.

Now in the last stretch of her career, the Dane will want to finish on a high as she looks to celebrate a career that has lasted nearly 15 years.

 

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Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Venus Williams are the stand-out names in Adelaide

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Four top 10 players Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and former Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will grab the headlines at the Adelaide International from 12 to 18 January 2020.

 

A total of seven Grand Slam champions and five former world number one players will take part in the Adelaide WTA tourament.

This year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty leads a star-studded line-up, which includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and seven other members of the top 20.

The Main Draw also features Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins, World Number 30 Quang Wang. World Number 12 and this Rome WTA Premier finalist Johanna Konta will play her first tournament since the US Open following a knee injury.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been announced as the Top 20 wildcard.

“It is always exciting to play at a new tournament in front of new fans. I have had so many memorable times times in Australia over the years and I am looking forward to discovering Adelaide and all it has to offer”, said Venus Williams.

The men’s line-up includes 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Alex De Minaur, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev.

“The full list of players is a real who’s who of tennis, from Australia’s favourite Ashleigh Barty to the iconic Venus Williams, right through to the young talent of Alex De Minaur and the experienced campaigner Novak Djokovic in the men’s field”, said South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

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