Mirka Federer watching Stanislas Wawrinka in the 2012 Olympics.
1 April 1978 |
|Height||5 ft. 8 and 1/4 in. (1.74 m)|
|Turned pro||15 January 1998|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-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)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2000)|
Miroslava "Mirka" Federer (born Miroslava Vavrinec on 1 April 1978) is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland. 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 frequently been seen on the ATP circuit attending her husband's matches.
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. In 2002 she teamed up with Roger Federer in the Hopman Cup.
Prior to her retirement she was ranked in the mid-80s, though she was fractionally outside of the top 75 during the 2001 season.
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.
Mirka married Roger Federer on 11 April 2009. Together they have identical twin girls: Myla Rose and Charlene Riva (born 23 July 2009 in Switzerland) and twin boys: Leo and Lennart "Lenny" (born on 6 May 2014).
Grand Slam Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
ITF Circuit finals
Singles finals: 13 (3–10)
|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|
Doubles: 4 (1–3)
|Winner||1.||18 October 1993||Langenthal, Switzerland||Carpet (i)||Nathalie 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, Austria||Clay||Luciana Masante|| Caroline Schneider
|Runner–up||4.||1 June 1998||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Larissa Schaerer|| Melissa Mazzotta
- Miroslava Vavrinec WTA
- "Roger Federer: A smashing guy", Brian Viner, The Independent, 2 July 2005
- "Martina set up mixed doubles". The Times (London). 24 August 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- Roger Federer, http://www.rogerfederer.com. "News Detail". Roger Federer. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Federer twins on Facebook: Sport: Tennis". Sport24.co.za. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "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.
- "Roger Federer's wife gives birth to second set of twins". BBC News. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Federer's Wife at the Center of His Game". New York Times. 12 January 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mirka Vavrinec.|
- Miroslava Vavrinec at the Women's Tennis Association
- Mirka Federer at the International Tennis Federation
- Mirka Federer at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
- Mirka Federer at the Fed Cup