Mirka Federer watching Stanislas Wawrinka in the 2012 Olympics.
1 April 1978 |
5'8 1/4 (1.74 m)(Recorded weight during her professional stage)
|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 immigrated to Switzerland when she was two years old. Her parents currently own a jewelry shop in Kreuzlingen and reside in Schaffhausen. 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). The first Internet photos of the twins were posted on Roger Federer's Facebook page on 7 August 2009. In December 2013, Roger Federer announced that the couple is expecting another child in 2014.
Grand Slam Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Singles: 3 ITF
|Nr.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in final||Score|
|1||8 March 1997||Tel Aviv||Hard||Natalie Cahana||6–3, 7–6|
|2||22 June 1997||Klosters-Serneus||Clay||Evelyn Fauth||4–6, 7–5, 6–2|
|3||31 January 1999||Clearwater||Hard||Alina Jidkova||6–0, 7–6|
Doubles: 1 ITF
- 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.
- "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