Mirka Federer Encouraging Vaccination ahead of Australian Open 2019

Published 01/10/2019, 5:49 PM EST

The 20-time Grand Slam, Roger Federer is in the race to pick up his 100th career title and he is looking forward to seizing it in Melbourne. He represented Switzerland in the Hopman Cup, teamed up with Belinda Bencic and lifted the trophy in the final by defeating the German team. Meanwhile, his wife, Mirka Federer made a surprise visit at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth and discussed with the researchers over there to improve the condition of the children in Africa. Mirka is presently a mother of two sets of twins and she is a former WTA tennis player. She reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of World Number 76. She retired from tennis 2002 due to unceasing injuries.


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The staff were amazed at Mirka’s presence. The institute is led by paediatrician and researcher Tom Snelling was elated to have her in his lab. Ms Federer also shared that she enjoys coming to Perth every year with her family. “She was down-to-earth and interested,” Dr Snelling said. “She talked a lot about the fact she has two sets of twins and related her experience looking after sick children and the anxiety that it can create for parents.”

Ms Federer discussed the amelioration of the lives of African children and asked them to work with the Roger Federer Foundation. “The big problem we’re tackling is trying to encourage parents to vaccinate their children on time and we discussed that issue with Mirka who was across that… with many countries in Europe have had problems with parents not vaccinating their children,” Dr Snelling added. Mirka was delighted with the research lab in Perth and she wants to contrive the one in Switzerland. 

Up next, Federer’s family flies to Melbourne for the premieGrandnd Slam event of the year, the Australian Open. The third seed, Federer will be opening against Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan.



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