Professional Tennis Player
Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players in history. He has won a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles. From Switzerland, he was a top junior player at age 11 and went pro in 1998. In 2003, he became the first Swiss man to win at Wimbledon. He won his 8th Wimbledon title in 2017, breaking the previous record held by Pete Sampras. Federer has established the Roger Federer Foundation which provides grants for education and sports-related projects in economically disadvantaged countries. Federer is married to another former pro tennis player, Mirka Vavrinec, and they have 2 sets of twins (2 girls, 2 boys). He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 190 lbs.
Roger Federer’s Diet
Roger Federer does not follow any specific diet. To fuel himself up, he has a big breakfast that includes plenty of carbs, and he eats every few hours. He also snacks on things like protein bars and bananas throughout the day. He eats lots of fresh foods, but he won’t say no to ice cream.
- Medium Carbs 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 40% 40%
- Mid-High Protein 60% 60%
Federer eats every 2-3 hours at scheduled times.
Federer expends a lot of energy, so he likes to fuel up with a high-carb breakfast such as waffles, fresh fruit compote, fresh-squeezed juice, coffee and a shot of vinegar.
For lunch, he goes more for lean protein. His dinner is usually something light. He enjoys ethnic cuisine, including Japanese, Indian and Italian.
Federer eats a plate of pasta two hours before a match. He’ll also grab a protein bar between matches or during practice sessions.
Federer’s Favorite Cheat Foods
Ice cream and chocolate. And he doesn’t feel bad about eating them.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Federer on Health
‘It’s a good thing to work out and to eat healthy. That’s what I do.’
Federer on Watching What He Eats
‘I never have to be too careful…[but] I eat very healthy to start off with.’
Federer on His Off-season Diet
‘I can eat biscuits…have fondue…no problems, desserts 10 days in a row.’
Roger Federer’s Fitness Routine
Jumping rope is great for cardio and agility and Federer uses his for both a warm-up and a speed round.
Federer does several jogging steps to warm up his legs, including butt kicks and side shuffles.
Full Body Workout
Federer’s routine is about as thorough as it gets, and includes medicine ball work, hand-eye coordination exercises, cone drills, exercise bands, and a mini-trampoline device where he has to balance on one foot and hit volleys. He also does do some weight training in the off-season.
Practice Makes Perfect
Federer was once asked if he lifted weights. He answered, ‘I just hit tennis balls.’ Despite his flip comment, he does do a variety of drills and exercises that don’t involve a racquet.
Federer is from Switzerland but to make sure he can handle playing in any temperature, he has been known to practice in the deserts of Dubai to prepare for heat-wave-prone Australia.
Tennis matches can last 5 hours. Pro tennis players need both explosive power and serious stamina. During the off-season, Federer works out at least 10 hours per week.
The Pepper Routine
This one is to improve coordination.
Place 3 cones in a triangle about 4 feet apart, just inside the baseline. Move around each cone as you swing forehand and backhand strokes. Do 1 stroke at a time, going around the cones in a zig-zag, circling each.
Volley on Trampoline
For balance. The trick is to hit the ball on 1 leg.
Hit Before Bounce
This improves reaction time. Federer has someone throw 3 balls from about 10 feet away. He has to hit all 3, 1 at a time before they make a second bounce.
Go fast for 15 seconds (sprint, spin, etc.); active rest for 15 seconds. Repeat 7-12 times.
Roger Federer’s Fitness Exercises
Medicine Ball Toss: Get a partner or use a wall.
Skipping Rope + Plank
Begin with 60 seconds either double or single skip.
Then get in plank position; hold for 30 seconds.
After 30 seconds of hold, pull each leg under and across to the opposite elbow. Repeat on opposite side.
Jump rope for another 60 seconds.
Back to plank. Leaning on your left hand, put your right hand on your waist and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.
60 seconds jumprope.
60 seconds of push-ups.
60 seconds jumprope.
Get back in plank stance and work the shoulder blades by lowering until your back is concave. Lift and repeat.
Another 60 seconds of jumprope.
Windshield Wiper: Lie on you back, hands spread out to the side. Hold legs together at a 90º angle to the ground. Lower them slowly toward one side, then lift and lower to the other.
60 seconds of jumprope.
Roger Federer’s Fitness Exercises (cont.)
Low Back Strengthener: On your knees, hands crossed over your chest. Lower torso and buttocks as if prostrating the body for prayer. Rise and repeat as fast as you can for 60 seconds.
60 seconds jumprope.
Leg Ups: Lie on your back, shoulder blades touching ground, knees bent. Lift one leg and straighten; hold as long as possible. Lower; repeat on opposite side. Repeat until exhaustion (your back gets tired and starts to lift off the ground).
30 seconds jumprope.
Crunches: Lying on ground, hands across chest, bend knees and finish with 60 seconds of crunches. Try not to let your shoulders touch when you lower but don’t raise your head too high on the crunch either.
Federer on Achieving
‘There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it.’
Federer on Goals
‘You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.’
Federer on Finding Flow
‘Once you find…that place of peace and quiet, harmony and confidence, that’s when you start playing your best.’
Roger Federer’s Lifestyle
Rest Is Key
Federer tries to sleep for at least 10 hours a day when possible. Doing so restores his body and mind, helping him to stay focused.
Pass the Veggies, Please
Federer was a vegetarian until age 14 when he went to an intensive tennis training camp.
In his downtime, Federer enjoys watching tv with the fam, having dinner with friends, hiking and fishing.
Federer on Not Giving Up
‘I’m a very positive thinker, and that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.’
Federer on Life
‘I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you’ll come out stronger. Everything in life is this way.’
Federer on Success
‘Success is a nice thing because it always means you’ve taken a step forward and it gives you a sense of pride, which in turn gives you confidence and experience—a positive circle, so to speak.’
RF Foundation Autographed Merchandise
Swiss Lindt chocolate
Swiss Jura coffeemaker