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ATP-Ranking
u16
Won : Lost
24:8
Tournaments played
11
Singles titles
2
 

History|1997

Besides two further national junior titles, Roger also, for the first time, wins a big international junior tournament in Italy. After finishing his compulsory schooling, he fully focusses on tennis and, together with his friend Yves Allegro, moves into an own flat.


Roger wins two further national junior titles – now in the under-18 category. He achieves his first international success in a big international junior tournament in Prato, Italy.

There are also quite a few changes in the private life of the then 16-year old. After finishing the 9 compulsory school years in June, he decides to end his school education and fully devotes himself to tennis – a decision which his parents accept with mixed emotions, but which will later turn out to have been well worth it.

Since the Swiss Tennis training centre is being moved from Ecublens to Biel, Roger leaves his host family. He decides on flat-sharing and, together with his tennis mate, the 3-years older Yves Allegro, moves into a 2-roomed flat. The two friends – as well as Marco Chiudinelli, a tennis friend of Roger's from Basel – very often spend their free time playing computer games late into the night.

Along with the move of the tennis centre to Biel, Roger's junior coach, Peter Carter, joins Swiss Tennis and once again takes care of his ex-protégé. He will accompany the young Swiss on the professional circuit until 1999.