Roger Federer married the love of his life, Mirka Federer, in April 2009. The pair met each other for the first time during the 2000 Summer Olympics. After dating each other for a long time, the couple got married at Wenkenhof Villa near Federer’s hometown, Basel.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion often credits his wife for his success. We often see her cheering him from the stands. But who is Mirka Federer?
Miroslava Vavrinec was born in erstwhile Czechoslovakia. Her family migrated to Switzerland when she was 2 years old.
In 1987, little Mirka was nine years old when her father took her to watch a tournament at Filderstadt in Germany. This is where she met her inspiration, Martina Navratilova. Martina also gave her a racket and organized a tennis lesson for her. Thus, Mirka’s fascination with the sport began.
As it turned out, Navratilova thought she had an athletic figure and suggested that she try tennis.
After turning pro in 1998, Mirka Federer reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of 76 in 2001, just after she had met Federer. The two met while competing for Switzerland during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Roger told CNN’s Christina MacFarlane that the trip capped off with a life-defining kiss.
She also teamed up with the Swiss maestro for the 2002 Hopman Cup. However, a recurring foot injury forced her to retire from competitive tennis in 2002.
In her short career, Mirka had claimed 3 ITF titles and played all the four Grand Slam events from 1999 to 2001. She also won 1 ITF title in doubles. Her best result at a Grand Slam event was reaching the third round in the 2001 US Open.
Mirka was Federer’s manager for some time after hanging up her racquet. However, it wasn’t long before the two moved in together after tying the knot in 2009 at Wenkenhof Villa in Riehen near Basel.
The ceremony was limited to a small group of close friends and family. In the same year, Mirka gave birth to identical twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose. The two welcomed another set of twins, this time boys named Leo Federer and Lenny Federer, in 2014.
Roger Federer admitted in an interview that Mirka wanted their kids to watch him play. “She said, ‘It would be so, so nice that our kids would see you play still,’” he told CNN in 2013.