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Time Names Federer To Most Influential List

Roger Federer is the oldest ATP world No. 1.

Now, he's a world influencer.

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Time Magazine named the 36-year-old Swiss to its annual list of the world's 100 most influential people.

Federer's sometime doubles partner, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, praises the 20-time Grand Slam champion for the time and energy he's invested helping impoverished children in his mother, Lynette's native South Africa.

"I’ve learned how sincerely Roger and his team are working to improve the life prospects for poor children—a mission that stems from his childhood visits to his mother’s home country of South Africa and seeing extreme poverty firsthand," Gates write in his Time Magazine profile of Federer. "Roger knows that effective philanthropy, like great tennis, requires discipline and time. It will be a sad day for all of us fans when he hangs up his racket—but we can take comfort in knowing that he’s committed to making the world a more equitable place."

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