How Did Roger Federer and His Wife Mirka Meet?

Published 01/02/2021, 1:30 PM EST
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. Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is to marry hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte are in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)


There is a famous quote that says ‘behind a successful man there is a strong woman’ and this holds true in the case of Roger Federer. For the major part of his illustrious tennis career, Federer has had his wife, Mirka Federer, right beside him, accompanying him to almost all the tournaments he plays in. But how did this power couple meet?

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Roger Federer first met Mirka Federer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Federer was representing Switzerland for the first time at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. And there, he met Mirka. He was an 18-year-old youngster, but Mirka was four years senior to him. And it was here Federer and Mirka shared their first kiss. As Federer revealed, they were skeptical at first, but two decades down the line, Federer and Mirka have a happy family with four children.

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“On the last day of the evening before she went to Tokyo, and I went back to Switzerland, we kissed and we didn’t know where it was gonna take us but here we almost 20 years later. And we have four children and married and happier than ever. So it was a good kiss,” Federer recalled.

Roger Federer of Switzerland and his wife Mirka Federer celebrate with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after Federer won the 2018 Australian Open. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Mirka was a tennis player herself and competed on the WTA tour until her untimely retirement in 2002. But by 2002, Federer and Mirka were together and even played the Hopman Cup together. After that, Federer had his breakthrough year in 2003. From then on, Mirka has been beside him at almost every tournament, leading his player box and many other external duties.

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Federer and Mirka: Marriage and Family

Mirka and Roger got married in a private ceremony back in 2009. It was held on April 11 in Riehen, Switzerland. The marriage happened just a few weeks after Federer had announced Mirka’s first pregnancy.

Interestingly, the duo has two sets of twins. The first set of girl twins were born in 2009, Myla Rose Federer and Charlene Riva Federer. And then in 2014, Federer and Mirka became parents to a set of twin boys, Lenny Federer and Leo Federer.

Mirka Federer watches her husband with her four children, Myla Rose Federer, Charlene Riva Federer, Lenny Federer, and Leo Federer.(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Mirka early retirement and her role in Federer’s career

Mirka Federer had a short tennis career as recurring injuries forced her to retire in 2002. But she played her tennis career through Federer. Helping and supporting him during the highs and lows of his career. Although Federer has his agent, Mirka acts like his manager and handles his business interests as well.

“I said to her: Don‘t you maybe want to stop?. Then I won Wimbledon, she just put her career aside and said: This is more important for me. We can build something fantastic together.”

“Mirka invested everything. She had bad surgeries and didn‘t return well from rehab. She always had problems with her heels and never truly recovered from it.” Federer said.

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Roger Federer’s wife Mirka Federer and daughter look on during the 2020 Australian Open.Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Former coach comments on Mirka’s influence on Federer’s career

Mirka not only knows about Federer’s external interests but also his tennis too. Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone revealed that no one knows Federer’s tennis better than Mirka.

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“So first dinner with Mirka and Roger to talk tennis and Mirka was there and thank goodness because no one knows his game better than her. She played, so she gets it” Annacone mentioned.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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