31st December 2014
Switzerland is an amazing country with a proud history. It has also been home to some remarkable people over the years, one of the most celebrated right now being tennis ace Roger Federer. He represents many of the Swiss people’s best qualities, so this month we’re shining a light on Roger Federer and exploring how he reflects the values we hold dear at Camp Suisse.
Roger Federer was born on the 8th of August 1981 in Basel, Switzerland near to the French and German borders. His father, Robert, is Swiss, while his mother Lynette is originally from South Africa. Roger therefore has both Swiss and South African citizenship, a perfect example of the coming together of different cultures that happens every day in Switzerland and is one of the main purposes behind Camp Suisse.
Federer grew up in various towns around the Basel area and, because Switzerland is a multilingual country, he learnt to speak Swiss German, Standard German, French and English fluently from a young age. This ability to communicate in different languages is one of the reasons Swiss people are so welcoming to visitors from around the world. The language classes we run at Camp Suisse are designed to give our campers the ability to broaden their cultural horizons by allowing them to more easily engage with people of other nationalities.
A tennis fan from an early age, Federer’s first major success came in 1998 when he won the boys’ singles tournament at Wimbledon aged just 16. He has since won 17 Grand Slams, more than any other men’s singles player in history and holds the men’s singles records for time spent as the world’s number one ranked player (302 weeks) and longest unbroken streak at the top (237 weeks).
Federer won the Olympic gold medal in doubles partnering Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic singles silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Currently ranked the world number two men’s single player, Federer hasn’t been outside the top ten since 2002. He has won more prize money than any player in history, taking home over $80,000,000 and is widely considered to be the greatest tennis player of all time. He recently finished the 2014 season in style by clinching the Davis Cup for Switzerland for the first time in history.
Sportsman and Family man
In spite of his strong competitive streak, Federer is well liked and respected by both fans and his fellow players having won the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite Award a record 12 times (from 2003-2014) and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted for by his fellow tennis professionals) a record 10 times (from2004–2009 and 2011–2014). Federer is a perfect example of how one can be a real winner while still showing great sportsmanship.
In 2009 Federer married fellow Swiss national Mirka Vavrinec, herself a former professional tennis player. The couple have two sets of twins, girls Myla and Riva born 23 July 2009 and boys, Leo and Lennart born 6 May 2014 and still live in Switzerland in the town of Bottmingen in the same area where Federer grew up.
Sports and activities are a big part of the program at Camp Suisse. We are one of the top summer camps for teens in Europe offering a huge variety of sports and outdoor activities, as well as language classes, cultural trips and much more. To find out about the range of activities and learning opportunities we offer to our campers, feel free to give us a call on +44 845 5191 031 or email us and we will get back to you.