The current ATP world #3 and all time leader in major titles won, Roger Federer has recently been announced as the second most respected person in the world. Reputation Institute released their list of 54 of the world’s most visible leaders and public personalities in politics, business, culture, and sports. 51,055 members of the general public in 25 countries were asked to assess these individuals. See the entire list here (PDF file).
No other tennis player was elected in the top 54, Roger Federer was way ahead of other athletes like; Derek Jeter #16, LeBron James #23, and David Beckham #24. Not only did Roger rank highly amongst athletes, he outranked many other public figures like; US President Barak Obama #14, Oprah Winfrey #7, and even Microsoft Founder Bill Gates #3.
You know, I really have to hand it Roger Federer, he’s an all around true champion. He’s got class, respect, and he’s nearly even tempered all the time (that one blip in 2009 in Miami). Federer might be building a career after he retires from tennis, his humanitarian efforts have really done good in 6 African countries by way of the Roger Federer Foundation. Roger Federer has the following to say about his charitable efforts:
“In sports we learn how to fight: for victory, for the entire team, in order to reach a goal. In many countries of the world a majority of people, despite their efforts, do not have access to education or sports. I am very glad to be able to make a difference by means of my Foundation.“
I can’t imagine how Federer is feeling to be selected at the #2 most respected person in a public figure, second to #1 Nelson Madela. I raise my glass and give a tip of my hat to Roger Federer, a well deserved ranking for the greatest tennis player that has lived.
On a side note, since Roger Federer is generous with his time, I officially challenge Roger Federer to donate his time to hit some balls with me. Let’s see if he replies.