Gallen ; and his mother, Lynette Federer (née Durand), from Kempton Park, Gauteng.Federer's mother is descended from Dutch and French Huguenots.
Later, In 2005, Federer visited South Africa to meet the children that had benefited from his support.
He was named ATP Player of the Year five times, was named ITF World Champion five time, and won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years.
He was named three times the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
However, in 2003 he was ruled "unsuitable" and was subsequently not required to fulfill his military obligation.
Federer is married to former Women's Tennis Association player Mirka Federer.