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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 No. 215 on 24 August 1998. She is the wife of 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 then regularly been seen on the ATP Tour, attending her husband's matches.

Mirka Federer
Roger and Mirka Federer.jpg
Mirka Federer with her husband Roger Federer during the 2012 Olympics
Country (sports)  Switzerland
ResidenceBottmingen, Switzerland
Born (1978-04-01) 1 April 1978 (age 40)
Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Turned pro15 January 1998
Retired2002
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 260,832
Singles
Career record202–159 (55.96%)
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 76 (10 September 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2000, 2001)
French Open1R (1999, 2000, 2001)
Wimbledon1R (2000, 2001)
US Open3R (2001)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2000)
Doubles
Career record38–68 (35.85%)
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 214 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQ2 (1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2000)

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Early life and tennis careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

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 May 2014, this time boys, whom they named Leo and Lennart.[7][8]

Grand Slam Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 Career W-L
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 finalsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miroslava Vavrinec WTA
  2. ^ "Roger Federer: A smashing guy" Archived 31 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine., 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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