Mirka Federer

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Mirka Federer
Mirka Federer Olympic Games 2012.jpg
Mirka Federer watching Stanislas Wawrinka in the 2012 Olympics.
Country   Switzerland
Residence Bottmingen, Switzerland
Born (1978-04-01) 1 April 1978 (age 36)
Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft. 8 and 1/4 in. (1.74 m)[1]
Turned pro 15 January 1998
Retired 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-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)
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[edit]

Mirka Federer chats with friends Gwen Stefani (right) and Gavin Rossdale (front) while sitting courtside at the 2010 US Open.

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.

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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Mirka married Roger Federer on 11 April 2009.[4] Together they have identical twin girls: Myla Rose and Charlene Riva (born 23 July 2009 in Switzerland)[5] and twin boys: Leo and Lennart "Lenny" (born on 6 May 2014).[6][7]

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline[edit]

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[edit]

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

Singles finals: 13 (3–10)[edit]

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

Doubles: 4 (1–3)[edit]

$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 Switzerland Langenthal, Switzerland Carpet (i) Switzerland Nathalie Tschan France Anne De Gioanni
Austria Heidi Sprung
6-4 4-6 6-1
Runner–up 2. 25 October 1993 Latvia Jurmala, Latvia Hard Poland Aleksandra Olsza Ukraine Natalia Bondarenko
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6-7 2-6
Runner–up 3. 19 May 1997 Austria Brixen, Austria Clay Argentina Luciana Masante Germany Caroline Schneider
Austria Patricia Wartusch
3-6 0-6
Runner–up 4. 1 June 1998 Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Paraguay Larissa Schaerer United States Melissa Mazzotta
Colombia Fabiola Zuluaga
2-6 1-6

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Federer twins on Facebook: Sport: Tennis". Sport24.co.za. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Roger Federer's wife gives birth to second set of twins". BBC News. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 

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