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‘I Graduated Tennis’: Roger Federer’s Speech At Dartmouth Has Life Lessons Aplenty. WATCH VIDEO



Roger Federer’s Viral Speech At Dartmouth: Roger Federer is a legend of the sport of the tennis. The 20-time Grand Slam champion may have retired from professional tennis but his address at the Darthmouth College was indication of how he continues of insipire millions and billions globally, talking about things that he has learnt from his own journey. 

In perhaps the highlight from his 25-minute long speech, Federer said how he did not like when people called his play “effortless”. He explained how that word is actually a myth and he had to work hard to make it appear effortless on the court.

“People would say my play was effortless,” said Feder, known for his graceful and elegant style of playing tennis.

“The truth is I had to work very hard to make it look easy,” the Swiss icon stated.

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“I got that reputation because my warmups at the tournaments were so casual that people didn’t think I’d been training hard. But I had been training hard, before the tournament when no one was watching.”

‘It’s Only A Point’

In another major insight from his tennis career, Federer drew his attention to the fact that even as he won over 80 per cent of the men’s singles matches that he has played, in reality he only won 54% of the points that he played.

“Even top-ranked tennis players win barely more than half of the points they play,” the 42-year-old said.

“When you lose every second point on average, you learn not to dwell on every shot. You teach yourself to think…’It’s only a point.’ “

“Whatever game you play in life, sometimes you’re going to lose. A point, a match, a season, a job: it’s a roller coaster, with many ups and downs,” he stated.

Federer emphasised that life was much bigger than a tennis court, underlining the importance of friendships, family and relationships.


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“Even when I was in the top five, it was important to me to have a rewarding life, full of travel, culture, friendships and especially family,” he said.

In the initial minutes of his speech, Federer had said that he graduated tennis as he moved on from one important aspect of his life to another, just like the batch of 2024 he was addressing. The sporting superstar received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Dartmouth at the ceremony.

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