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Mirka Federer Encouraging Vaccination ahead of Australian Open 2019

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.

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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Roger Federer opens up on his first kiss with wife Mirka

Some people don’t kiss and tell but Roger Federer doesn’t subscribe to that rule, dishing on how he made his first move on his wife.

Roger Federer is as smooth in the bedroom as he is on the court. Or in the dorm room, more accurately.

That’s where he charmed his way into his wife’s heart back when he was just a teenager, well before he’d won the first of his 20 grand slams and became the GOAT of men’s tennis.

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN aired ahead of the Australian Open beginning next week, Federer was happy to kiss and tell when quizzed about how he made a move at the turn of the century on a 22-year-old Mirka — who has gone on to become the mother of his four children and wife of almost 10 years.

The pair shared a dorm room in the athletes’ village while representing Switzerland at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and love — or at least lust, at this point — was in the air for the two tennis stars.

“We were both playing for Switzerland in tennis and we spent two weeks together in those dorms,” Federer said. “We were together with the wrestlers and all the other cool athletes.

“We were very lucky, we had the most incredible time.

“I guess over the two weeks, we built up some chemistry and didn’t know if this was going to take us anywhere or if this was just a moment in time.

“It was more than just a kiss. It was something that led to something extraordinary for us and we’re very happy to still be together.”

But a young Federer wasn’t entirely up to the challenge of planting one on Mirka’s lips all on his own, needing a prod in the right direction from one of his encouraging roommates.

“One of my friends, the wrestlers, said, ‘Hey, go kiss her now,’” Federer said.

“And I’m like, ‘No, I don’t know, maybe, should I?’

“He (the wrestler) goes, ‘Yes, it’s the moment.’ So anyway, I did.”

If Mirka is the most important person in Federer’s life now (along with his kids), then Peter Carter was certainly in the running for that title during the Swiss maestro’s formative years.

In the same interview, the 37-year-old was overcome with emotion when conversation turned to former coach Carter, the man who discovered Federer as a teen in Basel.

“It’s a really nice story,” Federer said. “He came to play club tennis for my club in Basel, Old Boys Tennis Club. When I was little he was one of the star players on the team. I was able to have coaching lessons with him.

“Peter was a really important person in my life. If I can say thank you for my technique today it’s to Peter.”

Carter died in a car accident on his honeymoon in South Africa in 2002 — a year before Federer’s first grand slam victory at Wimbledon.

Asked what Carter would have thought to see him now with a world record 20 grand slam titles, Federer broke down.

“Sorry. Oh, man, I still miss him so much. I hope he would be proud,” Federer said.

“Geez, never broke down like this,” he said later.

According to The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection, a book penned by Swiss tennis journalist Rene Stauffer, Federer “was never so upset in his life” when he was told of Carter’s death while playing in the Canadian Masters in Toronto.

The Australian newspaper reported he left his hotel and “ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical”.

Federer told CNN it was a career-changing moment. “He didn’t want me to be a wasted talent. It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, I really started to train hard,” he said.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the right people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time. Sure, I make those decisions but I’ve been lucky along the way.”

 

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Roger Federer explains how he travels with wife Mirka, four children

Roger Federer travels around the world with his wife Mirka and four children. The Swiss player has learned to love it over the years although he admitted that it’s complex and tiring. How does he manage to do it? ‘Through a good communication and organization with my wife and team’, Federer said speaking to Tennis Magazin. ‘As soon as kids like it, I do not have to get worried too much.

Obviously we were worried at the beginning, how dealing with twins on the Tour. And then we had two twins twice. But it works well and all together. In the meantime I also play a little bit less. Sometimes it’s better to go to a tournament alone, like in Rotterdam.

We spent a month in Dubai, a month in Australia, then a month in Switzerland and then America for a month. Afterwards, we stay in Europe for several months. It doesn’t even look so brutal as you could imagine. You need to be well organized for it.

It doesn’t have to work just for me but my family as well. We are very open and honest each other.’ What can you learn from your children? ‘Kids think in a different way than adults and are very simple, very logic in the way to think.

Sometimes we are too much complicated. Kids make you be back on the ground and it makes you younger. As a father, you comeback in your childhood and you learn much from them on yourself as a person. I am impressed. These are good times.’ ‘Kids need to speak even if no one listens for the tenth time.

Sometimes it’s frustranting. When I am at tennis, I get bothered as well, if I make a mistake. Even more in training than the match. But I already am even more composed and positive.’

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lose in Laver Cup doubles (VIDEO)

Former world number ones Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lost in the Laver Cup doubles but Team Europe lead Team World 3-1 after day one of the event.

The pair were beaten 6-7 6-3 10-6 by American Jack Sock and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in Chicago.

Federer and Djokovic took a while to settle into the format and won the opening set but their opponents soon found their rhythm.

Earlier in the singles, Britain’s Kyle Edmund defeated Sock 6-4 5-7 10-6.

There were also wins for Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who beat America’s Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-4 and for Belgium’s David Goffin, who defeated Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4 4-6 11-9.

But it was the doubles match which created the most excitement.

Djokovic accidently hit his partner with the ball in the third game but both players laughed off the incident, much to the amusement of the crowd.

They claimed the first set on a tie-break but Sock’s experience as a three-time doubles major champion shone through at key moments as he impressed at the net.

Sock and Anderson levelled the match and having seen their team-mates lose in two deciders earlier in the day, the pair made sure not to waste their opportunity when Federer double-faulted at 4-4.

An impressive return winner from Sock sealed the set 10-6, giving captain John McEnroe some relief before day two where two points will be up for grabs.

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Roger Federer: Becoming a father pops bubble you are living in

Roger Federer is a father of four children, the nine-year-old girls Myla and Charlene and the four-year-old boys, Leo and Lenny. Commenting on what paternity means to him, Federer said: ‘Normally when you have kids, it definitely changes to some degree your mindset.

For some who were maybe living in a bubble, that definitely pops that bubble and makes you think there’s definitely something else in your life. I thought I always had a very good perspective, you know, on life and on where I wanted to go, how important tennis is to me, how important other things are in life to me as well.

I think I was always able to have a great balance. The world no. 2 also recognized, ‘So when the kids came around for me, it was natural. It was something I always wanted to do with Mirka. You have nine months sort of getting ready for it while she’s pregnant.

You sort of hope it all goes well, which it did. Obviously, it’s busy, it’s intense with twins, but I love every moment of it. I wouldn’t want it to be any different. I don’t regret having them while I’m playing.

I’m actually very happy I do have them while I’m playing. Yeah, maybe that day will come.’ 

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Roger Federer: ‘My wife Mirka keeps counting the number of our flights’

On the ATP Tour, many players have become fathers in the recent years. Roger Federer was one of the first’s in starting this trend back in August 2009 when his wife Mirka gave birth to his twin daughters Myla and Charlene.

Then in 2014, his twin sons Leo and Lenny were born. The Federer family really knows what travelling means. ‘For my kids, they’ve been on so many flights—my wife keeps count, but you don’t want to know otherwise you think we’re bad parents! We make travel as easy as possible for them‘, Federer said. ‘It’s not for ourselves anymore, you want it to be as easy and comfortable and quick as possible for them.

We try to be a little more relaxed with the rules when traveling, when it comes to food and TV, they’re allowed to do much more of that than at home, where we have different rules. For them traveling and flying needs to be an enjoyment, too.

I don’t want traveling to be something they don’t look forward to. I think you learn how to be patient when you travel, which is good for them’ Federer told CN Traveler. They bring a lot of things with themselves from home.

‘I have one Rimowa that is shoes-only—dress shoes and tennis shoes. One with tennis outfits—wristbands, headbands, and outfits,’ Federer said. ‘And one for my everyday suits and clothes. We try to not pack too much, but its hard when you’re on the road as long as we are.

But we are six people and when we arrive we have 20-25 bags, which looks terrible, but at least but they’re all Rimowa bags and it looks quite stylish. I also have a Rimowa carry-on with sunglasses, another jacket, and stuff for the kids, charging stuff for the ipad and phone, as well as my racket bag.’

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Roger Federer talks about retirement plans, reveals secret behind prolonged career

ROGER FEDERER says he has no idea about when in the season he will announce his retirement once he eventually decides upon a day to hang up his racket.

The Swiss ace is getting nearer and nearer to the end of his career having turned 37 last month.

Rumours continue to circle as to when 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer will retire, though he will prolong his glittering career for a 21st season for 2019.

Federer has suggested that the Laver Cup in Geneva, his home country, next September could signal the end of his spell on the ATP Tour.

The veteran recently told French newspaper L’Equipe: “When Geneva said they were interested, that’s when I started to dream, to tell myself that it would be incredible, fabulous for the end of my career.”

Roger Federer only has a few years remaining of his tennis career

Roger Federer is currently in the 20th season of his career

And speculation over the end of Federer’s career has increased once again after the US Open, where he crashed out to John Millman in the fourth round in New York.

But as quoted by Tennis World USA, when asked about the timing of his eventual decision – Federer insisted he has not thought too much about retirement as he seeks to enjoy his final years on court.

“I don’t know,” the world No 2 declared. “Stefan Edberg, I think he announced at the beginning of the year that he was going to retire at the end of the year. He thought that was a bit rough.

“Had a farewell at every single place he went to. He said that eventually, it was just a bit too much. I don’t think I am going to do that.

“I haven’t thought about it a whole lot, to be honest. Yeah, I don’t want to go there with my thoughts because the more I think about it, the closer I am to retirement.

Roger Federer lost to John Millman in the US Open fourth round

“But everyone has done it differently. Yeah, in my case, clearly I need to think about it eventually, but not for the moment.”

Federer is accompanied on tour by his wife, Mirka, and their four children throughout the year while lesser-paid players are forced to travel alone.

And the tennis legend admits that having those close to him around regularly has been a factor in extending his career to his current age.

Asked how he might cope without the support of his family, Federer said: “Well, maybe I wouldn’t have had kids then until I would have retired. So it’s basically that. Then you go down a different route.

“You say, ‘Okay, I’ll wait’. As long as the wife is happy it to wait, too. And if not, then you know going into having kids that you’re not going to be around them so much.

“So it’s just another different mindset. Now I can imagine travelling sometimes alone without family and my wife, but I know it doesn’t make me very happy.

Roger Federer has won 97 career singles titles

Federer says having his wife Mirka and their children with him has prolonged his career

“I know it doesn’t make them very happy. That’s why we try to stick together and do it all at the same time.

“It’s great fun. I’m very happy I got this privilege to do it, because I know like you say, not everybody can do it.

“So from that standpoint, I think it definitely has prolonged my playing career. No doubt about it.”

Federer returns to action later this month at the Laver Cup, competing for Bjorn Borg’s side alongside the likes of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev for Team Europe in Chicago.

His next scheduled ATP event will be the Shanghai Masters, starting October 8.

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What’s Smoother Than a Federer Backhand? His Uniqlo Deal

The sports agent Tony Godsick pulled into the parking lot of the U.S. Open a little before noon last Saturday, jumped out of the Mercedes S.U.V. he had been lent for the tournament, threw a blazer over his blue-and-white striped shirt and made his way through the V.I.P. entrance of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Mr. Godsick, 47, waved across the players’ lounge at Boris Becker, chatted with a 1983 semifinalist named Jimmy Arias, dissected a John Isner match with the former player and current coach Justin Gimelstob, embraced the surprise 2015 champion Flavia Pennetta and nodded at a passing David Goffin, the Belgian tennis player ranked No. 10 in the world.

Mr. Godsick, the chief executive of Team8, a boutique management agency, is a popular guy in the tennis world, which he has been a part of for more than 25 years, and one-half of a power couple that includes his wife, Mary Joe Fernandez, the former player and now television commentator. But his celebrity is also a direct result of the person he was about to see play that afternoon: Roger Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

As he walked up the staircase that led to the players’ cafeteria, Mr. Godsick talked about his longtime friend and client — someone who is also one of Mr. Godsick’s three founding partners at Team8 — and the possible challenge he might face that day in the talented but erratic Nick Kyrgios.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” Mr. Godsick said.

It wasn’t. Mr. Federer dispatched the 30th-ranked Mr. Kyrgios in straight sets, though he would unexpectedly lose to the little-known Australian John Millman two nights later, making his earliest exit from the U.S. Open since 2013.

That defeat was the most recent on-court setback for Mr. Federer, following a quarterfinal exit at this year’s Wimbledon and then a loss in Cincinnati to the suddenly resurgent Novak Djokovic.

Tony Godsick, Mr. Federer’s agent and business partner, and Mirka Federer, the player’s wife, at the U.S. Open during the fourth-round match against John Millman. Mr. Federer lost in four sets, his earliest exit at the Open since 2013. 

Off the court, however, it has been a summer of stunning professional achievement for both the player and his business partner.

In June, Team8 negotiated a 10-year, $300 million endorsement deal with Uniqlo, a move that was unveiled on July 2 when Mr. Federer walked out on Center Court at Wimbledon in new tennis whites from the Japanese brand. That outfit prompted a news alert from the BBC, immediately lit up Twitter and temporarily moved coverage of Mr. Federer from the sports section to the fashion pages.

After the deal was announced, The Times of London estimated that Mr. Federer would soon be earning $74 million a year from endorsements alone, making him the highest-paid athlete in the world off the playing field. (According to The Times, LeBron James is No. 2, at $52 million.)

The Uniqlo deal was the result of an unexpected turn of events in March. Nike, Mr. Federer’s sponsor for two decades, decided not to renew his contract, making him an unlikely free agent. The news was not made public, but Mr. Godsick began quietly putting out feelers and, through an intermediary, reached out to Tadashi Yanai, the chairman and chief executive of Uniqlo.

The deal with Uniqlo was completed in time for Mr. Federer to unveil his newly branded tennis whites on opening day at Wimbledon.

A few months later, after Mr. Godsick had flown to Tokyo for a half-hour meeting with Mr. Yanai, the deal was signed in time to make that Wimbledon debut.

“It‘s amazing for me, at 37, to sign a long-term partnership like this,” Mr. Federer said in a phone interview the afternoon after his victory over Mr. Kyrgios. “Very often at the end of your playing career, people say, ‘Well, he’s going to be a retired tennis player at some point, and that will be it.’ It’s like a falling star in the sky: It’s beautiful, and then it’s gone.

“To me,” he continued, “it felt like they didn’t see me as a falling star, but a star that is always going to be up there, shining brightly.”

Why did Uniqlo make this huge bet on an athlete who, by his own admission, is nearing the end of his playing career?

“First, you have to understand that we are not a traditional sports company,” said John Jay, the president of global creative for Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo. “What was so attractive about Roger was that he was in many ways an embodiment of a person who we considered an outstanding long-term ambassador for the values and principles of the Uniqlo brand. We saw that his contributions and allure was already far greater than sports.”

Added Mr. Jay, “We clearly think his greatest impact on the world is yet to come.”

Mr. Godsick said he remained “confused” about why Nike had decided to end the relationship. “We had a great relationship with Nike, so I don’t really want to go into it, but one of the real mysteries for me is why they let him go,” he said. (For now, Nike still owns the rights to the RF logo, a ubiquitous sight on the caps of Mr. Federer’s fans at Grand Slam tournaments.)

Team8 has not yet signed Mr. Federer to a sneaker endorsement contract. He continues to wear Nikes.

Mr. Federer said he wasn’t upset that Nike had decided not to renew his contract — “it was probably time to move on” — but he regretted the way that the relationship had come to an end.

“We had some tough negotiations 10 years ago, 15 years ago, so you get used to it,” he said. “But it’s all good. We tried to work it out for a year, maybe even more than a year — and from my point of view, I thought I was being reasonable.

“But everybody sees it differently,” he added. “And what you see as your value may be not what they see. I’m happy to be proven right, with this long-term deal with Uniqlo.”

Thorough a spokeswoman, Nike executives declined to discuss their decision. “We do not comment on athlete contracts,” the company said in a statement.

‘Get This Deal Done’

It was 2005, just before that year’s U.S. Open, and Mr. Godsick, then an agent at IMG, got a call from Monica Seles. Ms. Seles, a former No. 1 player, had been one of his first clients after he joined the agency in 1993, the week after graduating from Dartmouth.

“You’re about to get a new client,” she said.

“Who?” Mr. Godsick asked.

“Roger Federer,” she replied.

Mr. Godsick was intrigued. Mr. Federer had been at IMG earlier in his career, well before he had begun winning Slams on a regular basis, but had gone off on his own, running his business with a team composed of his father and mother, Robert and Lynette, and his wife, Mirka. IMG, then owned by Theodore J. Forstmann, was eager to bring Mr. Federer back into the company fold.

Five minutes later, the phone rang again. It was Mr. Forstmann. “Godsick,” his boss barked. “I’m about to make your career. Get down to my office.” At that meeting, Mr. Fortsmann was blunt: “Get this deal done.”

Two weeks later, right after Mr. Federer had beaten Andre Agassi in the final (6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1), Mr. Godsick was waiting in the small referees’ room in Arthur Ashe Stadium when Mr. Federer entered, still clutching his trophy.

The brief meeting with Roger and Mirka — then and now a key figure in her husband’s management — went well, and the three agreed to continue their discussion the next day, Monday, at the Federers’ hotel. That, too, went well, until Mr. Federer said he and Mirka would be flying back to their home in Switzerland shortly and would complete the deal on Thursday.

“No, no,” Mr. Godsick told them. “You can’t leave the U.S. without signing this representation agreement. Otherwise, I am not going to have a job on Thursday.”

The deal got done, and results came quickly. Mr. Federer signed long-term deals with Rolex, Mercedes, Lindt chocolate and Credit Suisse over the next few years.

Mr. Godsick left IMG in 2012. In December of the next year, he announced that he was starting his own agency, taking with him Mr. Federer as both client and business partner. (The other two founding partners in Team8 are Ian McKinnon and Dirk Ziff. The name is a play on the word “teammate,” and a nod to the importance of the number 8 in China, where Mr. Federer is a huge star.)

Its initial clients, besides Mr. Federer, were the tennis players Juan Martín del Potro and Grigor Dimitrov. Mr. del Potro remains a client; Mr. Dimitrov, who at one point seemed on the verge of breaking into the top tier of players but who has since faded, left in 2017. The firm has since added Henrik Lundqvist, the hockey star, and Cori Gauff, a rising junior tennis player.

Mr. Godsick said that he had been thinking about leaving IMG for some time, and that he told Mr. Forstmann in 2010: “Ted, you know I am never going to own this company. I want to do my own thing.” (Mr. Forstmann died in 2011, but Mr. Godsick stuck to his commitment to wait two years before going out on his own.)

Did his new partner, Mr. Federer, not have any qualms about leaving one of the biggest sports agencies in the world for an untested boutique firm where he would also be part of management?

“I didn’t worry about leaving IMG, to be honest, because I had done it once before,” Mr. Federer said. “That taught me a lot about the business. It made me want to care about that side of my career. To build something with Tony, along with our other partners, who were also good friends of mine, felt very exciting.”

Moreover, he felt the time was right. “By then I was an experienced player, an experienced person,” he said. “At that point in my career I was able to sit in a room and discuss business, or entrepreneurial opportunities, and then walk out of that room, onto center court, and play a match. ”

Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue and a close friend of Mr. Federer’s for 15 years, said she was not surprised that he had wanted to take a more active role in managing his career, or that he had found a compatible partner in Mr. Godsick.

“They are very aligned in the way they both approach business and the world at large,” she said. “They are strategic thinkers — taking the long view, never looking for a quick fix.”

Beyond the Tennis Court

It was also a point in Mr. Federer’s career when he was expanding beyond the tennis court: increasing his involvement in the foundation he and his family founded in 2003 and looking for entrepreneurial projects he could develop, like the Laver Cup he and Mr. Godsick launched last year. (The second installment will take place later this month in Chicago.) And then, of course, there was his deepening interest in fashion, encouraged by Ms. Wintour. In 2017, Mr. Federer attended the Met Gala, which Ms. Wintour oversees, in a Gucci tuxedo with a giant rhinestone cobra on the back. He has also sat in the front row of fashion shows by Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, and gotten more involved in the design of the clothes he wears, both on and off the court.

Mr. Federer at a Marc Jacobs fashion show in 2006 with Mirka and Ms. Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue.

At the 2017 Met Gala, Mr. Federer, accompanied by his wife, wore a tuxedo designed by the Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.

With Uniqlo, he will work closely with the in-house designer, Christophe Lemaire, formerly of Hermès. For the U.S. Open, Mr. Federer wore two new outfits that gave a hint of what’s to come: head-to-toe burgundy the first night, followed by a white shirt and burgundy shorts for his second and third matches.

“Roger has a measured, thoughtful persona, not given to showiness or flash,” Ms. Wintour said. “And his partnership with Uniqlo, perhaps a bit surprising to the tennis world, will allow him to work with the brand to innovate and design, as well as to effect positive change globally — a priority of his.”

“When the Open is over, we will talk,” Mr. Federer said of his next meeting with Mr. Lemaire and the design team at Uniqlo. “To see what direction we want to go in, in terms of color and designs and prints patterns. And also I want to find out just how many different outfits they want me to wear during the season. If they want me to wear just one outfit the entire season, then it will be very simple, but if they want to wear 10 outfits, then we obviously have a lot of work to do.”

Mr. Federer said of Uniqlo: “To me, if felt like they didn’t see me as a falling star, but a star that is always going to be up there, shining brightly.”

Of course, the 10-year deal — which will also involve the design of “life-wear,” as Mr. Federer calls his non-tennis attire — will take him well beyond his playing days.

And so the inevitable question: When will the end of those playing days come?

“I’ve been asked about retirement for nine years, so I’ve gotten used to that question,” he said last Sunday. “And, in a way, I can’t wait until I am retired, to see what my life is going to be like.

“But I don’t think about it too hard or too much, and I don’t really care what other people think about what I might do — or what I should do — or what my value is. I think I know what my value is.”

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Will Federer’s wife Mirka be at the US Open this year?

Roger Federer is taking to the US Open this year, as the world number two hopes to dominate some of the greatest tennis players. Will Federer’s wife Mirka be at the Open this year?

The US Open is hotting up now as Roger Federer and the world’s greatest tennis players take to the court in another show of strength following Wimbledon.

AS the second day commences, some huge names in tennis have taken to the court.

Among them are Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Marin Cilic, and Angelique Kerber.

Will Mirka Federer be at the US Open?

Roger Federer has been married to wife Mirka since 2009, and the couple have a thriving family together.

The Slovakian-born Swiss former tennis player once had her own successful career, taking two wins at the US Open and two at the Australian Open.

She also took part in the French Open and Wimbledon tennis tournaments in her career spanning the years 1999-2001.

Since she gave up tennis, Mirka has thrown herself into family life, raising the Federer’s four children, twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva and Leo and Lennart.

The former tennis star was at first a regular attendant for Roger Federer’s matches, having seen many of the player’s games during his career.

Now, apparently she attends less, instead focussing her time on raising her children, but she rarely misses her husband competing at Grand Slam events.

Mrs Federer will be attending his matches at the US Open.

The tennis star has won a total of 20 Grand Slams, supported by Mirka throughout.

Roger Federer has been sympathetic of his wife not attending some of his matches, as their family life makes things more difficult.

Talking to Tennis World USA, he said: “She’s been involved to some degree as of late, but I guess more involved midway through our relationship just because she came to every practice, every match, spent breakfast, lunch, and dinner together for years.”

“We have kids now, and she’s seen 900 matches, I guess.

“She’s okay missing one once in a while and not coming to the practices anymore.

“But she’s been very important in my life, not just as a tennis player but overall.

“She’s been amazing. But at the same time, I also have to be able to take decisions all by myself and, you know, do what’s best for me as a tennis player.”

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