Tennis legend Roger Federer on Friday lashed out at comments that he made about his own life, saying the public should never judge his achievements by the past.
In a tweet, Federer, a five-time Grand Slam champion, said he doesn’t need to “treat myself as an individual, but as a person” because “the last thing I want is for anybody to take advantage of the fact that I’m a champion.”
“My family is very proud of the accomplishments that I have and the things that I’ve accomplished,” he wrote.
But the last thing that I want to do is for anyone to take any advantage of that.” “
If someone wants to judge me on what I’ve done in my life, that’s fine.
But the last thing that I want to do is for anyone to take any advantage of that.”
On Thursday, Federers father, Rafael, who died in August, said the comment “sounds very cheesy.”
“I never wanted my son to be labeled as a saint, so I don’t know why anyone would ever take that out of context,” he told ESPN.
“We are very proud that we’ve had the success we’ve gotten and I know that he was proud of what he accomplished.”
“We have never, never had any sort of issues or problems with him.”
In an interview with NBC’s Today show in August that aired on Sunday, Feders father, a renowned tennis player and coach, said that while he had “a lot of respect for Roger, I don ‘t think he was saintly” and that “if I had to do it all over again, I would be a saint.”
The remarks drew strong criticism on social media, with some saying they were not appropriate for a man who has played more than 100 Grand Slam matches and is one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
“Roger has always been very honest and has been open with me, and I have always appreciated it,” Rafael said.
Rafael said that he and his son have been “trying to be open and honest and kind of humble” about their son’s career. “
What I am saying is, I am so proud of my son, and we don’t need anybody to judge him based on what he did or what he didn’t do, we need to judge us based on who we are as people and what we represent as a team.”
Rafael said that he and his son have been “trying to be open and honest and kind of humble” about their son’s career.
“He is very open with the public, and his words, his words are not reflective of what we’re trying to be.
He has always said, ‘I’m Roger Feders son and I don.t know if I would have done what I did, but I’m trying to do my best,'” he said.
The Tennis Channel, which aired the interview, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the comments.
On Thursday night, he said he was “not the only one to be offended” by the comments and would address the matter with his family.
“This is not my son,” he said on ESPN.