Mirka Federer

Last updated on 26 September 2017

Miroslava "Mirka" Federer (born Miroslava Vavrincová on 1 April 1978, later Miroslava Vavrinec) is a Slovak-born Swiss former professional tennis player. She reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of World No. 76 on 10 September 2001 and a doubles ranking of World No. 215 on 24 August 1998. She is the wife of professional tennis player Roger Federer, having first met him at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She retired from the game in 2002 due to a persistent foot injury. She has since always been seen on the ATP circuit attending her husband's matches.

Mirka Federer
Mirka Federer Olympic Games 2012.jpg
Mirka Federer watching Stanislas Wawrinka in the 2012 Olympics.
Country (sports)   Switzerland
Residence Bottmingen, Switzerland
Born (1978-04-01) 1 April 1978
Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Turned pro 15 January 1998
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $260,832
Singles
Career record 202–159 (55.96%)
Career titles 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 76 (10 September 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2000, 2001)
French Open 1R (1999, 2000, 2001)
Wimbledon 1R (2000, 2001)
US Open 3R (2001)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2000)
Doubles
Career record 38–68 (35.85%)
Career titles 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 214 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon Q2 (1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2000)

Early life and tennis career

Born in Bojnice (Slovakia), Miroslava emigrated to Switzerland when she was two years old. In 1987, when she was nine, her father took her to watch a tournament at Filderstadt in Germany. Mirka met Martina Navratilova, who thought she looked athletic and should try tennis. Navratilova later sent her a racquet and arranged for her first tennis lesson.[2]

In 2002, she teamed up with Roger Federer in the Hopman Cup. Her best Grand Slam performance was in 2001, when she reached the third round of the US Open.

However, a recurring foot injury prevented Vavrinec from progressing further up the rankings, eventually forcing her retirement from competitive tennis in 2002. Following her retirement, she took on the role of Federer's public relations manager, traveling with him on tour.[3] Prior to her retirement she was ranked in the mid-80s, with a career high of 76th, during the 2001 season.

Personal life

Mirka married Roger Federer on 11 April 2009.[4] They were married at Wenkenhof Villa in Riehen near Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family.[5] In July 2009, Mirka gave birth to identical twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.[6] The Federers had another set of twins in April 2014, this time boys whom they named Leo and Lennart,[7] called Lenny.[8]

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 Career W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 2R 2–2
French Open 1R 1R 1R 0–3
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 0–2
US Open A 1R 3R 2–2
Win-Loss 0–1 1–4 3–4 4–9

ITF Circuit finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles finals: 13 (3–10)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 12 September 1994 Cluj, Romania Clay Czech Republic Adriana Rikl Gersi 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 23 January 1995 Bastad, Sweden Hard Hungary Katalin Miskolczi 6–1, 2–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 8 March 1997 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Israel Natalie Cahana 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 4. 2 June 1997 Bytom, Poland Clay Czech Republic Jana Pospisilova 6–7, 7–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 22 June 1997 Klosters-Serneus, Switzerland Clay Austria Evelyn Fauth 4–6, 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 30 June 1997 Lohja, Finland Clay Sweden Maria Persson 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 12 January 1998 Delray Beach, United States Hard United Kingdom Louise Latimer 2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 8. 18 January 1999 Boca Raton, United States Hard Chinese Taipei Stephanie Chi 1–6, 3–6
Winner 9. 31 January 1999 Clearwater, United States Hard Russia Alina Jidkova 6–0, 7–6
Runner-up 10. 8 February 1999 Rockford, United States Hard (i) United Kingdom Samantha Smith 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 15 March 1999 Noda, Japan Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 30-Aug-1999 Huixquilucan, Mexico Hard Canada Vanessa Webb 6–1, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 13. 14-Aug-1999 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis 4–6, 3–6

Doubles: 4 (1–3)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 October 1993 Langenthal, Switzerland Carpet (i) Switzerland Natalie Tschan France Anne De Gioanni
Austria Heidi Sprung
6–4, 4–6, 6–1
Runner–up 2. 25 October 1993 Jurmala, Latvia Hard Poland Aleksandra Olsza Ukraine Natalia Bondarenko
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6–7, 2–6
Runner–up 3. 19 May 1997 Brixen, Italy Clay Argentina Luciana Masante Germany Caroline Schneider
Austria Patricia Wartusch
3-6, 0-6
Runner–up 4. 1 June 1998 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Paraguay Larissa Schaerer United States Melissa Mazzotta
Colombia Fabiola Zuluaga
2–6, 1–6

References

  1. ^ Miroslava Vavrinec WTA
  2. ^ "Roger Federer: A smashing guy", Brian Viner, The Independent, 2 July 2005
  3. ^ "Martina set up mixed doubles". The Times. London. 24 August 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  4. ^ Roger Federer, http://www.rogerfederer.com. "News Detail". Roger Federer. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Off Court — Mr. and Mrs. Federer". Roger Federer Official Website. 11 April 2010. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Roger Federer and wife are proud parents of twins". OneIndia. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Roger Federer: Mirka and I couldn't be happier with twin boys – and now we know how to cope with babies on tour". The Guardian. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Roger Federer's wife gives birth to second set of twins". BBC News. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.

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