Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec met, and started their relationship, at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Since then the pair have been inseprable, with Federer saying the Olympics have special meaning to him because that’s where he met the love of his life.
For her part Mirka became deeply involved in Federer’s career after her own ended with injury. “I fell into a deep hole. The most difficult part was when I was home for eight months and couldn’t do anything. I had a lot of time to think and watch tennis on television. Roger was my greatest support back then. He gave my tennis life back to me. When he wins, it’s as if I win as well.”
Mirka is constantly in Federer’s players box and the couple have twin daughters who were born after Roger’s Wimbledon victory in 2009.
Over the decade they’ve been together both have changed a lot – Federer has found a better haircut and Mirka has become one of the most powerful women in tennis. So lets have a look at their evolution.
Mirka has always helped me, she’s great company. The first time I met her I was nobody, I hadn’t won any important tournamentm and now I have 76 titles, so much has happened. She follows me everywhere, her presence is fundamental, she likes to watch me play. Now, after the birth of our twins, my life has changed, and we are trying to make compatible the growth of our daughters with my career. If Mirka didn’t follow me on Tour, I would have retired already.
I have two wonderful kids, an incredible wife and it’s just great. I feel very fortunate that I’m going through this part of my life now, that I can enjoy it so much more. It’s not just only about hitting forehands and backhands.
I admire her every day that she is willing to do this. I tell her, ‘I think you should take a week here or a week there, take care of yourself a bit more, because you are putting in an incredible amount of work here.’ But she says, ‘Look, I’m not happy when you’re not around.’ And that’s as good as it gets for me, and I’m obviously also not the same person when she and the kids are not around. So we try to manage it. It’s good to have a balance. We try to make it work that we have time by ourselves, time with the family, time with our friends in this busy, busy life that we live.