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 watching Stanislas Wawrinka in the 2012 Olympics.
1 April 1978 |
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Turned pro||15 January 1998|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|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)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2000)|
|Career record||38–68 (35.85%)|
|Career titles||1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 214 (24 August 1998)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||1R (2000)|
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.
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. Prior to her retirement she was ranked in the mid-80s, with a career high of 76th, during the 2001 season.
Mirka married Roger Federer on 11 April 2009. They were married at Wenkenhof Villa in Riehen near Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family. In July 2009, Mirka gave birth to identical twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. The Federers had another set of twins in April 2014, this time boys whom they named Leo and Lennart, called Lenny.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Runner-up||1.||12 September 1994||Cluj, Romania||Clay||Adriana Rikl Gersi||2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||23 January 1995||Bastad, Sweden||Hard||Katalin Miskolczi||6–1, 2–6, 5–7|
|Winner||3.||8 March 1997||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Natalie Cahana||6–3, 7–6|
|Runner-up||4.||2 June 1997||Bytom, Poland||Clay||Jana Pospisilova||6–7, 7–6, 1–6|
|Winner||5.||22 June 1997||Klosters-Serneus, Switzerland||Clay||Evelyn Fauth||4–6, 7–5, 6–2|
|Runner-up||6.||30 June 1997||Lohja, Finland||Clay||Maria Persson||6–3, 4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||7.||12 January 1998||Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Louise Latimer||2–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||8.||18 January 1999||Boca Raton, United States||Hard||Stephanie Chi||1–6, 3–6|
|Winner||9.||31 January 1999||Clearwater, United States||Hard||Alina Jidkova||6–0, 7–6|
|Runner-up||10.||8 February 1999||Rockford, United States||Hard (i)||Samantha Smith||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||11.||15 March 1999||Noda, Japan||Hard||Shinobu Asagoe||5–7, 4–6|
|Runner-up||12.||30-Aug-1999||Huixquilucan, Mexico||Hard||Vanessa Webb||6–1, 4–6, 6–7|
|Runner-up||13.||14-Aug-1999||İstanbul, Turkey||Hard||Tatiana Perebiynis||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||18 October 1993||Langenthal, Switzerland||Carpet (i)||Natalie Tschan|| Anne De Gioanni
|6–4, 4–6, 6–1|
|Runner–up||2.||25 October 1993||Jurmala, Latvia||Hard||Aleksandra Olsza|| Natalia Bondarenko
|Runner–up||3.||19 May 1997||Brixen, Italy||Clay||Luciana Masante|| Caroline Schneider
|Runner–up||4.||1 June 1998||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Larissa Schaerer|| Melissa Mazzotta