Another Roger Federer book, yes … I’m so sorry. The full name of the book is “Roger Federer: The Inspirational Story of Tennis Superstar Roger Federer”. Yet another, like all other books written so far, unauthorized biography, unlike the cases of Agassi, Nadal, Sampras, among other tennis players who did write books about their lives, or at least authorized their writing. Roger still hasn’t given his ok to write an authorised biography of his life.
As always when I read sports books, specifically about tennis, and more specifically about Roger Federer, my general comment is: this book is not for everyone. I explained this before, but, my main argument is, if you are not interested in the sport itself, it’s going to be a very boring reading.
This book is part of a series of mini-books called “inspirational stories”, which, according to the authors themselves, aim to show the stories of the great athletes of our society. In this description, he also says that they write especially for children who admire these athletes, which also explains the simple and concise style of writing. If that is explained, then, I have no issues in reading a book with such a style.
I don’t think you will find many reviews of this book on the internet. I think this is because it is a biography that only aims to describe facts about the life of Roger Federer, with details, yes, but mostly objective, that is, without opinions or personal assessments of those involved. Quite the opposite of what is, for example, Andre Agassi’s biography, Open, where he goes to the other extreme, to narrate in first person all the events of his life.
The book traces the Roger Federer’s life up to the time it was published, which was in 2015, which means, as it happens in all books that are published about an athlete still active… a lot of information is missing (by the time I am writing this, 5 years of Federer’s career are missing). I described this topic with much more in detail in the other biography I recently read, Fedegraphica. Please feel free to have a look at that article as well.
Final comment: “The inspirational Story of Tennis Superstar Roger Federer” does not bring anything too new to the existing bibliography on Roger Federer. I only recommend it for big fans of the Swiss tennis player. It entertained me, as a fan that I am, to remember the best moments of Federer’s career, recall his first steps, his sufferings, and see that everything achieved by the GOAT (greatest of all time) is incredible. Even if someone ever exceeds his records, he will always be the best player in history for me.
Keep on reading,
Questions to answer in the comments:
Have you read “Roger Federer: the inspirational story”? Did you like it? Do you agree with my final comments? Have you read any similar books you would recommend, for someone who would like to read more of the same genre? Who is your favourite sportsman / sportswoman / sportsperson? Please answer all these questions in the comments!