Roger Federer Ditched School at 16

There is no autobiography of him. But the millions of Roger Federer fans now can quench their thurst.

Taking time off from his hectic schedule, the world No. 1 takes us to his childhood.

From ditching the books at the age of 16 to how he choose tennis over football, Federer tells everything.

In his column for ‘’ he writes, “I started playing at the age of three. I was playing soccer at the same time. At like 10 or 12 years old, I had to make a decision what I’m going to do now more than the other one.”

Federer then explains why he went for tennis.

“I had more success in tennis. In tennis I felt like everything was in my control. In soccer I could blame it on the goalkeeper, I could blame it on whatever. In tennis I didn’t have that problem. It was only myself to blame.

“Decided at 14 to go down to the National Tennis Center, but it was in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, I’m coming from the German.

“For me, it was very tough the first half of year. I wanted to go home. I was not happy. I was crying when I will to leave on Sunday. Then I went to the Orange Bowl, under 14. Came back, felt good, started to win matches.”

Federer had to do a bold compromise with his academic career at the age of 16.

“At 16, the tennis center changed to the part of Switzerland where they speak both languages. For the future, they can go in French-speaking schools and German.

“I decided to quit school at that time, at 16, because I felt like school was bothering me from my best tennis.”

According to him, once he left school to make a mark in sport, never has had to look back since then.

“I quit school and just went very quickly. I won a junior tournament and finished number 1 in Juniors then. Also the change from Juniors to pros was not as tough.”

But during the transition period, neither he, nor his parents were pretty sure about the success.

“I told my parents I’m not in the mood to go to school anymore and I want to focus on tennis and they understood it but they said that if, in the next few years, you don’t have any results, you go back to school.

“I actually stopped school at 16 so that was a pretty big risk for me because I didn’t have any ATP ranking, maybe 800 or something, and in the juniors I was like 60 or something”, writes Federer.