Apart from being a pretty decent tennis player, it also turns out that Roger Federer is a pretty nice bloke, too.
Tomorrow, the Swiss born walking Tennis legend will compete against Andy Murray in this year’s Wimbledon Final. If Federer wins, it will be a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title to his crown, equalling the ancient record of William Renshaw and the modern one of Pete Sampras.
But you already knew that.
Here are 5 things you might not have known about the Fed Express.
At the 2005 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Federer arranged an exhibition involving several top players from the ATP tour and WTA tour called “Rally for Relief”. The proceeds from the event went to the victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Since then, he has visited South Africa and Tamil Nadu, one of the areas in India most affected by the tsunami.
More than 18,000 people in India, a third of them children, were killed or reported missing by the tsunami on December 26, 2004.
In 2005, Federer auctioned his racquet from his US Open championship to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. The racquet fetched $25,665 in an online auction promoted by TennisKatrina.com. The proceeds of which went toward hurricane relief efforts in the hardest-hit areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Hurricane Katrina killed an estimated 1,833 people and caused $108 billion in damage to infrastructure.
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