“She Had Completely Forgotten That…”: Roger Federer Shares a Hilarious Incident Describing Wife Mirka’s Charm

Published 11/12/2021, 10:20 PM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 05: Roger Federer and his wife Miroslava ‘Mirka’ Vavrinec Federer attend the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)


Roger Federer has inarguably been a winner both on and off the tennis court. That is, even though he is one of the most iconic global sportsmen of all time, the Swiss maestro still maintains a perfect work-life balance. But it wouldn’t have been the same without his wife, Mirka. Indeed, no Roger without Mirka.

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Also, a professional tennis player once, Mirka retired early from tennis. On the other hand, Federer is going strong at the age of 40. Accordingly, the tennis maestro reflected on his wife’s early retirement and shared one of their secrets in a recent interview.

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Notably, Roger married Mirka in 2009 and has four children, two pairs of twins. They all live happily in their homeland, Switzerland.

Roger Federer on wife Mirka Federer’s early retirement and charm

Interestingly, Federer admitted to influencing his wife’s retirement decision when she had injured her foot. However, looking back and comparing it with his own passion for competing, the 20x champion questioned his sanity.

“She had this injury on her foot. At that time I said to her: ‘Stop it! Why the stress?’ Really cool. As if it were the easiest decision in the world,” Federer laughed. “Today, I think: Am I crazy? I still play tournaments myself at 40 and find it difficult to quit.”

(All quotes are translated from German to English via Google Translate)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland and his wife Mirka Federer celebrate with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after Federer won the Men’s Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

However, Mirka made a smooth transition to the life that followed after her retirement. Over this, Roger shared an incident that he thought his wife wouldn’t want him to say.

“It has even happened before that Mirka – and she may not be happy that I am telling you this – called me during a match. She had completely forgotten that I was playing,” Federer chuckled. “That’s exactly what I like about her; that’s Mirka’s charm: If she’s in tennis, then she’s in. And when she is outside, she can break away from it very well.”

ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and his wife Mirka arrive at St Mark’s Church ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews on May 20, 2017 in Englefield, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

Above all, the tennis maestro’s wife always plays and is currently playing a vital role in his recovery and returning to the ATP Tour. Besides, Federer is not worried about life after tennis because of his support system in his wife Mirka and children.

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Where will Federer make his tennis comeback in 2022?

Reportedly, Federer is looking forward to making his return at the Australian Open next year. Let’s see if he will repeat what he did at the Australian Open 2017, again.

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How excited are you to see Federer back on the court?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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