Roger Federer has had tremendous success in his Tennis career, achieving the career Grand Slam and the first to 20 Grand Slam titles. But, as the old saying goes, “Behind every man is a successful woman.” In the case of Roger Federer, there is one individual who has been his constant source of strength, inspiration, and motivation. In every Grand Slam event, she is seated in the stands. At every point, she cheers. A lost point results in great anguish. But, at all times, Roger Federer’s wife Mirka ensures that she motivates her husband to the fullest.
Mirka is often spotted with Roger Federer’s team and she accompanies him for every match. She was herself a professional Tennis player before injuries took a toll. But, Mirka Federer is an example of the ideal wife and soul-mate who inspires her husband just by her positivity. Here are some more details on Mirka Federer.
Mirka Federer was initially known as Miroslava Vavrinec. She was born in erstwhile Czechoslovakia on April 1, 1978. However, at the age of two, she emigrated to Switzerland. When she was nine years of age, Mirka went to watch a Tennis match and she met Martina Navratilova. The Tennis legend suggested that she should try her hand out in Tennis.
In 1999, she finally turned professional but she did not achieve much success. But, off the court, she was about to meet an individual who would change her life forever. A young Roger Federer, who had turned professional the same year as Mirka, had been on the same team that participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
As fate would have it, Federer and Mirka teamed up in the 2002 Hopman Cup. Singles Grand Slam success was not coming for Mirka, with her best result being a third-round appearance in the 2001 US Open. However, she was plagued with persistent foot injuries that curtailed her career. In 2002, she announced her retirement. This was her turning point. After retirement, she became Roger Federer’s Public Relations Manager and she traveled with him on tours all over the world.
Mirka did not have that much Grand Slam success. She reached the second round of the Australian Open in 2000 and 2001. She never progressed beyond the first round in the French Open and Wimbledon. In 2001, she reached the third round where she would lose in straight sets to Justine Henin. Mirka has won three major events in Tel Aviv, Klosters-Serneus, and Clearwater, USA. She also won a tournament in Langenthal, Switzerland in 1993.
But, after retirement, her biggest sporting achievement came off the court when she became Roger Federer’s PR Manager.
In the first seven years since her retirement, Mirka was Federer’s PR Manager handling all the off-court media activities. But, in 2009, two very special things happened. Federer became the third player since Andre Agassi and Rod Laver to complete the career Grand Slam after winning the French Open. The second special event was Federer proposing to Mirka. She accepted it and the duo got married that same year.
Federer and Mirka tied the knot at Wenkenhof Villa in Basel. The town is incidentally Federer’s birthplace. They got married in April 2009. The pair didn’t opt for a lavish affair, instead choosing an intimate ceremony and only inviting close family and friends. Thus, the duo has been happily married for the last 12 years and is going strong.
The duo are blessed with four children. In 2009, Mirka gave birth to identical twin girls. The Federers had another set of twins in 2014, this time boys. The twin girls are called Charlene and Myla. The boys are called Lenny and Leo. Federer has expressed delight that he managed to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon in front of his children. That was the ultimate satisfaction.
Mirka retired at the age of 24 due to injuries. But, Federer is still going strong at the age of 40. But, he did admit that in hindsight, his decision to convince Mirka to retire was a mistake. In an interview with Ringier, he stated, “Looking back on it today, I get a weird feeling. I am still playing tournaments at 40 and I find it difficult to stop. Her career ended very early and I myself advised her to end that pain. I told her as if it were the simplest thing in the world.”
Yes, Federer has a very deep connection with cricket. Federer holds South African citizenship as his mother is from that country. His mother, Lynette Federer is from Gauteng in South Africa. In the past, he has interacted with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. He met Kohli in the Australian Open while he meets Tendulkar when the Master Blaster visits Wimbledon.