Roger Federer’s Abrupt Urge Turns Into a ‘Secret’ Tennis Mission as Wife Mirka Walks by Side as They Explore Eye-Catching Japan Together

Published 10/08/2023, 11:47 PM EDT

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Roger Federer is living in a new era of traveling. Back when he was an active tennis player, traveling was a totally different concept for him – one that largely involved work and professional commitments. But now, after retirement, his passion for jet-setting around the world with his family holds an entirely different meaning. Since the tearful Laver Cup farewell last year, every once in a while, the 41-year-old Swiss legend and his family have enjoyed their time together exploring the world.

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Staying true to his recent travel preferences, the 20-time Grand Slam winner recently went on a secret tennis mission when he visited Japan with his entire family. Although this is the Swiss maestro’s second visit to Japan in a year, the Federer family received the warmest of welcomes as he enjoyed his very own Asian swing.

Roger Federer received a warm welcome in Japan

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The 42-year-old Swiss tennis legend is currently on a private family trip to Japan. But this time he is exploring his own city called Nonoichi. During their sightseeing trip, he suddenly felt the urge to play some tennis and subsequently contacted a club for the same. The whole family, including his two sets of twins, and wife, Mirka, went to the Kanazawa Indoor Tennis Club to share some wonderful family time playing some tennis.

The Instagram account of that indoor tennis club shared how the former world number one received a warm welcome as he carried his swag to Japan. However, the club’s discrete owner wanted to keep it a hush-hush affair. A part of the post’s caption read, “But as you can imagine, if I told it to people, there was a high chance that there would be a lot of crowd in the club in this social media era, so I made it a secret project.”

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There was a series of pictures of the Swiss Maestro as he clicked numerous selfies with the people of the club. Apart from this, the caption also talked about how, according to Roger, his whole family had a great time during their practice session.

The post also featured Federer’s own summary of his splendid experience. “My wife Mirka, twins Myla, Charlene, and twins Leo and Lenny. We had a great time practicing with the whole family.” Along with that, there was also a board announcing a warm welcome message for the Federers with their respective names. Moreover, the 42-year-old Swiss legend also signed off a glass wall to make his visit more memorable.

Nevertheless, last year, when the former world number one visited Tokyo for a Uniqlo project, he had a similarly glorious time on the other side of the world.

When Federer enjoyed his time in Tokyo 

Last year, in November, the Swiss tennis legend visited Tokyo for an event with his sponsor, Uniqlo. After enjoying a fabulous time in Japan, he took to his Instagram to share some amazing moments from his trip. In addition, he wrote, “Tokyo, you were incredible as always! I loved seeing all my fans and spending time in such a special place. Thank you @uniqlo for hosting.” 

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During his trip, he attended an event that was hosted by the apparel brand at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. Along with that, the former world number one even played his first exhibition tennis match there since retiring from the sport. And for his second visit, he took his whole family with him to enjoy his time in Japan.

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What do you think about the amazing welcome Federer received? Do you think he might end up being a frequent flier visiting Asia? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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