Roger Federer -A Great Human Being
The 35-year-old capped his triumphant return from knee surgery with a record-extending
18th major title after a vintage battle with his Spanish rival Rafa Nadal to win his fifth
Australian Open and clinch a first Grand Slam title in four and a half years. Every year
at the Australian Open, behind Rodger Federer’s coach (earlier Edberg and now Ljubicic)
sits an elderly couple.
There is a story to this couple, and it shows what a good human being Federer is. The couple are Bob and Diana Carter, the parents of his first international coach, the Australian Peter Carter.
Federer was just nine when Carter took him under his wing.
In 2002, in a terrible tragedy, Carter died in a car accident while on a vacation with his wife.
He was only 37 years of age. The story goes that Federer (then 21) was so affected by his
coach’s death, he ran through the streets of Toronto (where he was playing that day), bawling
his heart out.
Carter had recognised Federer’s genius at a young age, and was determined to make him an
all-time great. He was not Federer’s first coach, but the one who took him from relative obscurity
in Basel in Switzerland to the threshold of international greatness.
Every year since 2005, Federer’s team sends an all-expenses paid itinerary to the Adelaide-based
couple – first-class air tickets, bookings in the same hotel as Federer, food, winner’s parties and
even commiseration parties in Melbourne. And they sit in Federer’s box at the Rod Laver Arena,
supporting him as if he were their son. They see their son Peter in him. And Federer never forgets
the Carter family’s role in his life and career.
Federer is one of the greatest humans to have set foot on a tennis court. So let’s remember the people and the things that have made an impact in your life
Source: Prof A Jagan Mohan Reddy,