Roger Federer won the Australian Open, beating Rafael Nadal in a scintillating 5-set match. It all ended when he scored his last point, and Nadal’s challenge of the call confirmed the game’s end. The Swiss star leapt in joy, a smile of disbelief spread across his face. And yet, holding his 18th Grand Slam trophy, he doesn’t fail to thank his number one fan. Roger Federer wife, Mirka Vavrinec, had been with him since the start.
“She was there when I had no titles,” Federer said, “And she’s still here 89 titles later.” He doesn’t forget to point out that she is, first and foremost, his wife, and the mother of his two kids. What else do we know about Roger Federer’s wife Mirka?
They Met At The Olympics
Not everyone knows that Federer is married to a former tennis player himself. For the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, both Roger and Mirka played for the Switzerland National Team. That’s where they met, years before Federer’s first Grand Slam victory. Sadly, Mirka injured her foot in 2002. The injury forced her to retire from the sport.
She Started Playing Tennis At 9 Years Old
Before the retirement, Mirka was inspired to give the sport a try by Martina Navratilova. Mirka’s father was a big fan of the champion and managed to get a young Mirka to meet her. Navratilova commented that Vavrinec looked athletic enough to give it a try. She let Mirka borrow a racket, arranged her first tennis lesson, and by 2000, Mirka was one of the Top 100 Players in the world.
She Had A Three-Year Run On The International Circuit
Between 1999 and 2001, Mirka was able to compete in the biggest tournaments, too: The Australian Open and Wimbledon twice each, and the French Open thrice. She even got to compete with Roger in mixed doubles for the Hopman Cup in 2002.
They Got Married In 2009
Toward the end of the peak of Federer’s career, with several titles already under his belt, the two got married. They had their small ceremony in Basel, Switzerland – his hometown – with friends and family. Roger Federer’s wife had, until then, been following him around on the international circuit, rarely missing any of his tournaments. It was a only a question of when they would tie the knot.
She’s The Mother Of Two Pairs Of Twins
The year they were married, Mirka gave birth to twin girls – Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. Five years later a second set of twins were born, this time boys: Leo and Lennart.
Some are saying that the “greatest of all time” in tennis is soon to retire. After all, this Grand Slam is the first in a long while; even the best have to worry losing the spring in their step to age. But whether he does, or gives the hard court one more round, you can be sure that Roger Federer wife Mirka will be cheering at the side, just as she has for over fifteen years.
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