Roger Federer sheds tears after losing to Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2009 Australian Open tournament.
Roger Federer sheds tears after losing to Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2009 Australian Open tournament. OLIVER WEIKEN

Federer a 'crybaby' says former confidante

TENNIS: Before he became the face of tennis, or the man known for his mannered elegance, Roger Federer, too, was a crybaby.

David Law, a former ATP communications manager, revealed on his podcast that Federer wasn't exactly the humble person he is today when he was growing up.

Law would know, having helped groom Federer for media appearances, co-ordinated press guides and watched soccer matches with him.

"The number of times we would go to tournaments and he would throw in a substandard performance where he'd mentally break down or he'd get emotional and throw his racquets, he was a baby,” Law said on the Tennis Podcast.

"Honestly, he was a crybaby on the court. He was just immature and it took him a while (to grow up).”

So before the Nick Kyrgios' or the Bernard Tomics - the duo often marred in the tennis world for their on- and off-the-court antics - there was Federer.

Roger Federer in control on his way to a record eighth Wimbledon title earlier this month.
Roger Federer in control on his way to a record eighth Wimbledon title earlier this month.

The 19-time grand slam champion never taunted an opponent about an alleged cheating girlfriend or told the media how disinterested he is in tennis, but he once shed tears like a sore loser after he lost his first ever final in Marseilles.

"I remember the first time I practised with him. He was the new talented guy in Switzerland, but he was so lazy,” ex-Swiss star Marc Rossett said.

"Usually when you practise on the tour as a young guy you are a little bit stressed, you want to play good, you're very nervous. The guy came on the court like he didn't care at all. I was like, 'Wow'.”



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