He may be an Aussie sporting legend – but tennis champ Pat Rafter insists that his family is his greatest achievement of all.
The 43-year-old, a former world number one, shot to fame in the 1990s before retiring from tennis in 2002.
Rafter, who has two kids, Joshua and India, with wife Lara, recently spoke to The Motherish about fatherhood, tennis – and getting around in his Bonds undies on national television.
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1. How do your kids feel about having a famous dad?
We lead very normal lives, and try not to let it affect them.
2. Do they mind seeing their dad in his undies on national TV?
I’m sure they have just as many embarrassing dad moments as any other kid at their age, but seeing me in my undies on TV every now and again probably doesn’t help.
3. What has becoming a father taught you about life?
Being a good father means being a good husband. My wife and I aren’t always going to see eye-to-eye, but what we do is agree to disagree and stand united over big decisions in the family.
4. What is your best piece of parenting advice?
Spending as much free time as possible with [the] kids. For me this is the most important time, when I don’t have do the “parent thing”. Hanging out with my kids includes playing on the beach, walking through new cities or even just hanging around the house making animals out of play-dough.
5. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I’d have to say my family.
6. What’s the number one lesson you want to teach your kids?
As a father, I naturally want my kids to do their best. That’s something I try to instil in them as part of the qualities that help one to succeed in all of life’s challenges.