June 15, 2018
Wimbledon is coming, and Father’s Day is almost upon us!
Still stuck for an idea? When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, a ticket for Wimbledon is the daddy of them all!
And to help you celebrate Father’s day, we thought we’d also celebrate some of the best known tennis dads out there.
Surely the most famous tennis father of them all is Roger Federer, daddy to Myla Rose, Charlene Riva, Lenny and Leo.
To say Roger is a devoted dad would be an understatement. Even during his comeback match in the last few days, Federer admitted to losing focus.
‘Are the children really OK?” is what he confessed to thinking during breaks in Stuttgart.
Altogether now, aaahhh.
And don’t forget, the girls have already played a key role in his career – effectively inspiring the time out he needed to rejuvenate and become a Grand Slam winner again.
Roger recalled: ‘I was going to run a bath for the girls. I made a very simple movement, turned back, heard a click in my knee. I went to the zoo. My leg was swollen.’
Get that last part? He knew he was injured and still went to the zoo. Well done superdad!
The rest is history. A six month lay-off, then Roger became Australian Open (twice) and Wimbledon winner, as the magic returned!
What about Andy Murray? Fatherhood has been an inspiration in trying to get back on court after his hip problems.
He explained: ‘One of the things I’d like to do is play until my eldest daughter is able to watch me and have a small understanding of what it is I’ve done for my living.’
Talking of a father with daughters, who can forget Richard Williams, father to Serena and Venus? Surely he is the most successful and influential daddy of them all?
And if his success story was all a bit pre-planned for some people’s taste, here is a heartwarming memory from nine or ten years back.
Venus and Serena were soon to play each other in the Wimbledon singles final, and we asked Richard what the experience was going to be like for him.
‘I’m not staying for the final,’ he announced. ‘I’m goin’ fishin’ back home instead.’
Say what? Venus and Serena’s father not staying to see them do battle on Centre Court?
‘That’s just it, he said. ‘They are my daughters and I love them both, I don’t want to see them fighting each other to win a tennis match.’
But that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
‘Not for me,’ he said. ‘My job was to get them both to the final. Job done. I’m goin’ home. I won’t be watching and it doesn’t matter who wins. I’ll be on a boat. ‘
But when will you find out who wins?
‘Oh I’m sure one of them will call and tell me,’ he smiled.
There’s something magnificent about that, isn’t there?
Wimbledon has been full of loving tennis fathers for years.
Just look online at the super-cute photos of Janko Tipsarevic with daughter Emili, or the stylish Gilles Simon with kids Timothee and Valentin, and you will sense just how devoted and loving many of the tennis dads are.
Want your father to be there, to show your love for him?
You know what to do. Just go across to our tickets page and see what works best for you.
It’s a great gift. A day at Wimbledon, watching the great stars on a showcourt, is unforgettable.
The Father’s Day present of a lifetime.
Here’s to every tennis-loving father out there. Have a great day!