On April 11, 2009, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family, Roger Federer and Miroslava “Mirka” Vavrincová were united in marriage to become Roger and Mirka Federer.
Now, on April 11, 2020, in the midst of all of the chaos surrounding not only the tennis world but also our daily lives, let’s take some time to celebrate their 11th anniversary.
If you’ve only seen her on television nervously watching Roger play 5th sets, then you may only know a little bit about Mirka Federer. So, who is Mirka?
Miroslava Vavrincová was born April 1, 1978, in Bojnice, Slovakia, but her family emigrated to Switzerland when she was only two-years-old. At age nine, her father took her to a tennis tournament in Germany where she met Martina Navratilova. Navratilova thought that Mirka looked athletic and thought that she should try tennis, so she later sent her a racket and arranged for her first tennis lesson.
Although Mirka reached a career-high ranking of 76th in 2001, she was forced to retire from the game in 2002 due to a nagging foot injury. Since retiring, Mirka became Federer’s public relations manager and has handled much of his media affairs.
Alright, so now you know a little more about Mirka, let’s talk about how she and Roger met. The two actually met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. At the time, Mirka was engaged to a rich Arab, but that didn’t stop her from falling in love with the tennis legend.
Roger actually once said that the two shared their first kiss on the last day of the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Finally, in 2009, Roger and Mirka became husband and wife through a wedding ceremony at Wenkenhof Villa in Federer’s hometown of Basel.
Throughout most of Roger’s career, Mirka has been in the crowd supporting him. However, a month before their wedding, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. To their surprise, the child they were expecting turned out to be twin girls, named Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
In 2014, they had another set of twins, but this time it was boys, Leo and Lennard. Since then, Mirka has missed the occasional match to take care of the children but attends the majority of Federer’s matches.
After his 2017 Australian Open victory, Roger paid due credit to Mirka saying, “She was there when I had no titles and she’s still here 89 titles later.”
“She had a big part to play in it – she knows it, I know it, everybody knows it,” Federer added.
So, if you have the time today, make sure to wish Roger and Mirka Federer a happy 11th anniversary!
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