Time Magazine released its list of 2018’s Most Influential People this week, which is an annual compilation of the year’s most influential pioneers, leaders, titans, artists and icons… and none other than Roger Federer’s smouldering visage graced its cover.
Given that the Swiss legend could be described as a pioneer, leader, titan, artist AND icon all in one, pretty much everyone agrees with Time’s prolific designation.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 20, 2018
Microsoft mogul Bill Gates penned the entry on Federer, and had nothing but praise for his impact both on and off the court. “It’s no secret that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player ever. As David Foster Wallace wrote, he is ‘one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws,’” said Gates.
“But not as many fans know about what Roger is doing off the court. Twice I’ve had the thrill of being his doubles partner to help raise money for his foundation, and we’ve become friends in the process.”
A two-time Rogers Cup champion and last year’s finalist, Federer’s accolades in tennis are vast. With 20 Grand Slam titles to his name and the longest reign as the ATP World Tour’s World No. 1, Federer is one of the game’s most recognizable names. But it’s his philanthropic work, dedication to his fans, and overall personal brand that sees him transcend not only tennis, but sport in general.
Not only does Gates – who knows a thing or two about icon status – agree…
.@rogerfederer It’s a pleasure to follow your amazing work on and off the court.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) April 20, 2018
…but so does Federer’s legion of fans.
No, it's MY pleasure to have you @rogerfederer as my role model while learning tennis, the sport that I've come to love passionately, and you Sir @BillGates as my ultimate boss at @Microsoft for cultivating an environment to grow as a feature PM and practice the love of Giving!
— Fionna 📸 (@fionnagan) April 20, 2018
Thoroughly deserved Roger. You embody everything that’s good about sport. Easily the best I’ve seen, daylight second.
— David Evans (@DavidEvans_GGL) April 20, 2018
— Dinora (@norinchi_df) April 20, 2018
We are so lucky to have your talents to watch in our lifetime! What an honor to watch you play and to have you as a role model- your humility, discipline, humanity,joy of life, fatherhood,etc! Thanks Roger- well deserved!
— karen anderson (@birdslikeafethr) April 20, 2018