The first “coffee-table” book of Roger Federer
20 years on the ATP circuit and 20 Grand Slams has made Roger Federer the greatest tennis player of all time. These achievements, plus his never ending record-breaking streaks, will be celebrated in the first large-format, coffee-table book about the Swiss role-model icon.
Mark Hodgkinson is a tennis author and journalist who has witnessed most of Roger Federer’s greatest moments, and who has interviewed the Swiss across the tennis map, including in Melbourne, Paris, London and Miami. His books include biographies of Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl as well as “Fedegraphica”. He has written for GQ, the ATP, the WTA, Wimbledon, ESPN and The Daily Telegraph. This book is not endorsed by Federer. The author is grateful for the many interviews that Federer has given him during the course of his remarkable playing career.
Antoine Couvercelle was the chief photographer for Tennis Magazine for 17 years. His first assignment was a tournament in Brest in 1999 where the winner was a certain Roger Federer. He has covered all the Grand Slams, as well as other key tournaments all over the world, and today he continues his passion for tennis as a freelance photographer. He is a member of the International Tennis Photographers Association, who voted him photographer of the year in 2013.
Sándor Szabados, concept and editor, is the son of Miklos Szabados, the 11-time table tennis world champion. The above photo, taken in 1981 (the year Roger Federer was born!), shows Sándor with Sir Fred Perry, who is holding the trophy that he won after himself becoming the world champion at table tennis by beating Miklos Szabados in Budapest in 1929. After that match, Fred told Miklos that he intended to retire from table tennis and concentrate on tennis: he would go on to win eight Grand Slams.