Federer breaks down in tears as he pays tribute to ex-coach Peter Carter

Hannah Wilks in Tennis News 7 Jan 2019
  • Roger Federer broke down in tears during a CNN interview
  • Federer became emotional when recalling the impact of ex-coach Peter Carter
  • 'I hope he would be proud ... He didn't want me to be a wasted talent.'
Roger Federer shows his emotions when asked about the death of former coach Peter Carter during an interview for CNN

Roger Federer broke down in tears as he paid tribute to ex-coach Peter Carter.



During a video interview for CNN, Roger Federer became emotional when asked about boyhood coach and mentor Peter Carter, who died as a result of an accident in 2002.

When asked what his former coach might have made of his 20 Grand Slam titles and multiple accomplishments, Federer teared up, saying, 'I hope he would be proud ... He didn't want me to be a wasted talent.'



CNN's Christina Macfarlane conducted the interview, released as part of an in-depth profile of Federer ahead of the 2019 Australian Open, which begins on Monday 14 January. Federer is the defending champion. 

'It's actually a really nice story,' Federer said as he began to describe Carter's impact on his early career. 'He came to play club tennis in Basel in my club back in Basel at the Old Boys Tennis Club when I was little. He was also one of the star players on the team. 

'I was able to have coaching lessons with him. He was from Adelaide in Australia.'

Carter, born 1964, was an Australian tennis player and coach. He was a friend and former doubles partner of Darren Cahill, currently an ESPN analyst and until recently the coach of world no. 1 Simona Halep, as well as of Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi in the past. 

Cahill coached Hewitt in Adelaide at the same time as Carter was working with Federer in Basel.

Federer with Carter
'They used to call each other and say "I have this really special kid I'm training". And the other guy, Darren, would say the same thing from Adelaide,' Federer went on. 

'And then of course we played each other with Lleyton when we were 14, 16, 18, 20 and then the whole career, and who knew we were both going to become Wimbledon champions, world no. 1s. 

'So Peter was really a really important person in my life because I think if I can say thank you for my technique today, it's to Peter.'

Carter died in a car crash in South Africa while on honeymoon in August 2002.

Federer teared up when Macfarlane asked what Carter might think of his career today, initially apologizing for getting emotional before continuing: 'I hope he would be proud. I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent. I guess it was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away and I really started to train hard.'

Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003 and has gone on to win 19 more majors, breaking numerous records in the history of the sport.

'I've been incredibly fortunate [in] having the right people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time. Sure, you could argue I made those decisions, but I also got lucky along the way,' Federer said.

Federer will be defending his title at the 2019 Australian Open when it begins on Monday 14 January. The draw takes place on Thursday 10 January.

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Federer breaks down in tears as he pays tribute to ex-coach Peter Carter

An in-depth interview for CNN became unexpectedly emotional for the usually sanguine Roger Federer as he broke down in tears recalling the tragic death of boyhood coach Peter Carter: 'I hope he would be proud ... He didn't want me to be a wasted talent.'

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