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Hinting at ‘Tough Times’ as He Fathers Two Daughters, Roger Federer Opens Up on Navigating Parenthood’s Turbulent Waters at the Laver Cup

Published 09/23/2023, 6:58 AM EDT

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You might know Roger Federer as a tennis superstar, but there’s more to him than just playing tennis. Recently, he shared some personal thoughts at the Laver Cup in 2023. He talked about what it’s like to be a dad to two teenage girls. Federer’s perspective on being a parent is interesting and relatable. It shows how he manages his tennis career while dealing with the challenges and joys of raising teenagers.

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Federer shared some heartfelt thoughts about what it’s like to be a father to two teenage girls, giving us a glimpse into the ups and downs of being a parent.

Roger Federer on being a father to 2 teenage girls


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During a break at the Laver Cup, Federer was asked an interesting question from a fan in the stadium which was later delivered by the interviewer. The question goes: “As the father of two teenage girls, what is you rbest advice on staying at their good side?”

With a hint of humor and a generous dose of candor, Federer responded, “I’m just happy to be allowed to live in my own house. Does that make sense? It’s tough times (chuckles) They’re amazing, I love them, but My God, I cannot believe that they are who they are right now at 14. I feel like I have taught them everything and more, and yeah, at the moment, it’s complicated but in a good way. I know it’s gonna pass. But I’d also like it if it stays because I like that my girls have a strong character. So it’s all good. Maybe my 2 cents of advice is I am happy that they come and shout and cry at home instead of doing that away. I guess I know that they share all their emotions with me and talk about everything, and I love that, honestly.”


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This response was met with a rousing applause from the crowd. In this honest moment, Federer managed to capture the challenges of parenting teenagers while also celebrating the joy of watching them become strong individuals.


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Roger Federer’s life as a father

Roger Federer’s life isn’t just about tennis; it’s also a beautiful story of family and adventure. Despite his demanding career, Federer and his wife, Mirka Federer, have found a way to keep their family close. While balancing the demands of tennis stardom and parenthood can be daunting, Federer embraces the responsibility. “I did not need to have kids for a wake-up call in my life, but it’s the most incredible thing in the world to have kids in general and having that responsibility,” Federer shared earlier this year in an interview with Who Magazine.

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Roger Federer’s journey from the tennis court to parenthood highlights his versatility and his ability to excel both in sports and as a parent. His insights into parenting and family life offer a peek into the human side of this legendary athlete.

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Written by:

Ansh Tandon


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Ansh Tandon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Ansh received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has been working in content creation for 2+ years. Before Ansh stepped into sports journalism, he was a professional tennis player, honing his skills in national level tournaments for the past 12 years as an active AITA athlete.
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Tony Thomas