Nineteen Grand Slam singles titles, 302 weeks at World No.1 and an incredible comeback to win an 8th Wimbledon title at the age of nearly 36. But where did it all start for Roger Federer? Where did he make his professional debut? What was he like as a teenager? Is it true that he had a bad temper? And were there really doubts about whether he would deliver on his talent? In a special edition of The Tennis Podcast, The Roger Federer Story tells his tale from the day before his professional debut as a 16-year-old in Gstaad, Switzerland in 1998, until the day after his latest Wimbledon victory. It remembers his growing pains as he went from boy to man with the eyes of the world waiting for him to fulfil his potential, how he needed to come to terms with the death of his first coach Peter Carter, and we hear from Federer himself in a BBC 5 Live interview less than an hour after his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003. There’s the ‘Federer Years’ of domination, the threats to his throne from Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the moments in 2013 when it looked like he was finished, and the comeback that made us all look so silly. The Tennis Podcast is a downloadable tennis radio show, available on all platforms, including iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets. Presented by broadcasters Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, BBC 5 Live) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport), it is produced weekly throughout the year, and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport. How to listen to the Tennis Podcast Acast iPhones, iPads Download Android - rss.acast.com/thetennispodcast (paste into a podcast app)
Tennis star Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal pulled out of the London Olympics on Thursday due to injury.