ROGER FEDERER is due to face off against Dan Evans in the Australian Open, but who is his wife, Mirka Federer? Why does the tennis star refuse to sleep in a bed without her?
Roger Federer began his Australian Open campaign with a straight-sets win over Uzbek Denis Istomin on Monday. The Men’s number three is looking to maintain his winning rhythm as he aims to reach the Melbourne third round for what will be the 20th consecutive year. He’ll take on Britain’s Dan Evans in the next round.
“I think I can be happy how I got out of the blocks from the off-season,” Federer said.
“If you don’t get broken much… you have so little pressure on the return games, you can really try out different things.”
The 37-year-old has won 20 Grand slam titles, and six Australian Opens in his career.
He also holds the record for the fourth-most titles – 9 – won at a single tournament by a male player.
Who is Roger Federer’s wife Mirka Federer?
Federer is married to a fellow tennis player, former Women’s Tennis Association player Miroslava (Mirka) Federer, a Slovak-born Swiss.
They met whilst both competing for Switzerland during the 2000 Sydney Olympics and married at Wenkenhof Villa in Riehen near Basel on 11 April 2009.
In total, the pair have four children – two sets of twins.
Identical twin girls Myla Rose and Charlene Federer were born in 2009 and identical twin boys Lenny and Leo Federer were born in 2014.
Federer spends much of his time away from the family home in his native Switzerland.
However, he takes his family with him insisting his four children and his wife are his top priority.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, the sports star said changing “a ton of nappies” between matches was worth it to live his “dream” with Mirka, 40.
But he also revealed an interesting fact about his family life – that he will not sleep without wife Mirka beside him.
He said: “I refuse to leave the bed with my wife. We always wanted to have kids, but my dream was to be with [her] and not in another bedroom on another floor.
“I’d rather sleep with kids screaming than away from my wife.”
To accommodate his travelling family, Federer takes his children’s nanny and teacher with them on tour.
The tennis champion told the Sunday Times his focus was on his “wife, children and friends”.
He added it would be “fantastic” if he won more tournaments, but “all good” if he did not.