“They Had Absolutely No Idea”: Roger Federer Reveals How His Kids Learnt About Him

Published 11/13/2021, 4:06 AM EST


Although Roger Federer is away from the ATP tour for the last four months (after Wimbledon), he’s all over the headlines. In a recent interview, the Swiss Maestro opened up about his relationship with Mirka Federer and attracted media’s attention. The 20x Grand Slam champion also discussed how he manages the workload and quality time with his kids.

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When on the ATP tour, it is obvious that Federer travels across the world. Yet, the father in King Roger has always ensured his four kids feel at home wherever they go with him.

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Roger Federer opens up about his children

For the last four months, Roger Federer has been rehabilitating from his knee injury. The Swiss suffered a major knee ailment at Wimbledon 2021 and ever since, he has withdrawn from the remainder of the season. However, Federer feels he’s in a ‘happy place’ and hopes to return back on the tour in 2022.

In the latest interview, Roger Federer talked about his connection with his wife Mirka and that with children. Federer confessed that he has always tried to maintain the right balance between personal and professional life.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: The children of Roger Federer of Switzerland, Charlene, Myla, Lenny and Leo are seen during the Men’s Singles first round match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

 

The 40-years old quoted, ” I’ve never subordinated everything to tennis. The children notice that too for a long time they had absolutely no idea how I was classified. At some point, they found out from their friends that their dad was once number one in the world. They were pretty amazed. We always tried to shield the children as much as possible. We never made my success a major topic.” Those are some genuine parenting goals right there.

He further added, ” The children never really noticed that I was also here to play tennis. They had the feeling that we were just for fun in New York. It is of course true that the four of them do not have a normal childhood.” 

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Federer appreciates Mirka’s efforts

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)

In the same interview, Federer went on to praise his wife Mirka. The Swiss appreciated the sacrifices and efforts from his wife and admitted that his success would not have been feasible without her.

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Fed believes Mirka has always supported and stood like a rock in his life. In his words, “all of this [having Mirka from a young age] gave me security and stability…”

(Quotes have been translated via Google Translate)

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Apart from being one of the greatest players of all time, it seems Roger Federer is also a perfect husband and dad. Maybe that’s why he’s regarded as the most loved tennis player in the world.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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