Roger Federer’s Wife Gives Birth to Twin Girls
by Sean Randall | July 24th, 2009
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Roger Federer and wife Mirka have announced the arrival of twins!

Federer announced on his website that Mirka had given birth to two baby girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, who were born late Thursday night, July 23rd in Switzerland.

“This is the greatest day of our lives. Mirka, Myla and Charlene are all healthy and doing very well,” the proud ATP world No. 1 said.

Federer, who just won his 15th career Slam at Wimbledon earlier this month, now has over two weeks to spend time with his new family before his next scheduled event in Montreal for the Canadian Open, should he decide to play.

Regardless, this does clear up his August schedule for tennis and US Open preparation. So good news all around for Federer who’s had a hell of last 60 days or so.

Federer and Mirka Vavrinec were married in Basel on April 11.

No who had twins in the pool? Ha ha.

Anyway, congratulations to the Federer camp! I just wonder how the WTA rankings will look in 20 years!


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93 Comments for Roger Federer’s Wife Gives Birth to Twin Girls

Kimmi Says:

Wow, Twins. Coming just 3 weeks after wimbledon, this was planned so well. Congratulation Roger and Mirka. A wonderful year for both, just after celebrating French and wimbledon crowns.


Gannu Says:

Oh Sean “I just wonder how the WTA rankings will look in 20 years!”

This was really a witty statement..lol…Imagine two Federers in the women’s camp… i guess WTA will have to start publishing rankings excl the two federers ;-)


steve Says:

Congrats to Roger and Mirka! They did a great job keeping mum about the fact that it was twins. By far the most momentous event in a highly eventful year for Roger.


Philo Says:

Nice news. Great genes, Charlene and Myla.
but sorry can someone expalin the question: “No who had twins in the pool?”
Is it – “?noone who had twins…” OR “?not who had twins?” OR “?none who had twins..?”

may be “KNOW who had twins” but surely a public website wouldn’t make a spelling slip up like that…..

Please explain??!!


Pro_B Says:

Here’s hoping Women’s tennis has something to look forward to!


Skorocel Says:

Congrats to Mirka & Fed! To be honest, I was hoping for a boy (so that he could name him Rafael :-)), but hey, twin girls aren’t that bad of a result either :-) Seems like Fed can multiply the numbers not only on tennis court ;-)


Dory Says:

This news made my day as a HUGE Federer fan. Congrats to Roger and Mirka!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dan Martin Says:

It should be exciting for them. The first 3 weeks are pretty easy – feed every 3 hours – once they start crawling that trophy case may become the world’s shiniest set of teething toys ever.


Vittoria Says:

Congratulations to Roger and Mirka! This sure will bring about a revolution in the WTA!


Gordo Says:

What has to be absolutely daft is the UK betting agency that is offering 200 – 1 odds against Charlene Riva and Myla Rose winning the Ladies doubles title at Wimbledon.

Those cats in the UK; they will bet on anything.

Well, good news for Roger and Mirka. It will be interesting to see how hard it will be for Roger to pull himself away from his daughters and to rejoin the tour.

I was interested to see if the baby had been a boy, would Roger have named him “Wim” or perhaps “Roland.”

Anyhow, congrats to the Feds. Nothing more exciting than this!


jane Says:

Twins! Well, congrats to the new parents. They’ll be busy.


tennisontherocks Says:

‘Skorocel Says:
Congrats to Mirka & Fed! To be honest, I was hoping for a boy (so that he could name him Rafael :-)), but hey, twin girls aren’t that bad of a result either :-) Seems like Fed can multiply the numbers not only on tennis court ;-)’

LOL. at least he did not name the girls, Paris and London.

Congrats to Roger and Mirka. I guess, now Roger will most probably skip Montreal and just play cinci.

Off-topic for folks located in US: espn360 is showing Hamburg. I hope they pick up more tourneys along the way.


Kimo Says:

Twenty years from now the Federer sisters will rule the WTA :)

Congrats Roger and Mirka.


TennistheMenace Says:

Fed has already caught Agassi and Sampras in terms of how many children he has. He is sure to pass them … Seriously, great news and it seems to me likely 1 or both will not pursue tennis.


Von Says:

I wrote the following last night on the Indy thread when I saw the news on TennisTalk in the absence of a thread here for the Federers:

“Von Says:
http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20090724/Federer_becomes_a_father_of_twin_girls

“Congrats to the Federers on the birth of their twin girls, and Leos no less!! I was hoping it would happen on my birthday, but they are Leos nonetheless, so all’s good. I’m happy to see some more Leo women in the world.

“And, the tennis world breathes a sigh of relief that Federer will be able to compete at Canada, Cincy and the USO without any distractions. Way to go Fed and Mirka!!

Posted July 24th, 2009 at 1:32 am


sensationalsafin Says:

What competing in Canada, Cincy and the USO?? Two kid??!! When the hell is he gonna play tennis???????? Congrats though, but…


Von Says:

“sensationalsafin Says:
“What competing in Canada, Cincy and the USO?? Two kid??!! “When the hell is he gonna play tennis???????? Congrats though, but…”

In case you haven’t realized it, they are not ordinary folk like the rest of the working class, US. They have what’s called ‘money’ which translates to mucho nannies around the clock.


sensationalsafin Says:

Federer and Mirka don’t seem the type to just hire a bunch of nannies and focus on themselves.


tenisbebe Says:

tennisontherocks says: “Off-topic for folks located in US: espn360 is showing Hamburg. I hope they pick up more tourneys along the way.”

See the notice below that was on the USTA website re: ESPN360 picking up more tourney’s for the remainder of 2009:

The schedule for 2009:
23 July – 6:30 a.m. – International German Open, Hamburg, Germany
24 July – 7:00 a.m. – International German Open, Hamburg, Germany
25 July – 8:00 a.m. – International German Open, Hamburg, Germany
26 July – 9:00 a.m. – International German Open, Hamburg, Germany

8 October – 12:00 a.m. – Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan
8 October – 3:00 a.m. – China Open, Beijing, China
8 October – 9:00 a.m. – China Open, Beijing, China
8 October – 11:00 p.m. – China Open, Beijing, China
9 October – 12:00 a.m. – Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan
9 October – 7:00 a.m. – China Open, Beijing, China
10 October – 12:00 a.m. – China Open, Beijing, China
10 October – 12:00 a.m. – Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan
11 October – 1:00 a.m. – China Open, Beijing, China
11 October – 1:30 a.m. – Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan

5 November – 10:00 a.m. – Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland
6 November – 10:00 a.m. – Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland
7 November – 10:30 a.m. – Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland
8 November – 11:15 a.m. – Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland
28 November – TBD – Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (Semifinal), London, UK
29 November – 10:00 a.m. – Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (Final), London, UK

** Will be carried live on ESPN360.com, and via taped replay on ESPN2 before the final at 8 a.m. ET on Nov. 29


tennisontherocks Says:

‘sensationalsafin Says:
Federer and Mirka don’t seem the type to just hire a bunch of nannies and focus on themselves.’

well, but nannies can at least run the errands, do laundry and cook, while Roger changes diapers.

But yeah, for the next Netjets commercial, are they going to show Roger dragging trophies with a huge diaper bag on one shoulder and a stroller on the other and Mirka yelling at him to hurry up :)


Dan Martin Says:

Bullies,

If I had any say, you would be banned from this site for that comment. This will be the last time I acknowledge any posts of that nature or anyone who posts in that vein. We as the Tennis-x community can do better than that.

Dan


tennisontherocks Says:

Tenisbebe, Thanks a lot for the espn360 info.


vared Says:

I don’t like the name Charlene and the initials MF for the other one is not cool. But congrats to them.

As for his offspring becoming tennis greats, one would have to look no further than Mirka. They may have gotten her tennis genes. ;-)


vared Says:

Fed has already caught Agassi and Sampras in terms of how many children he has

Tennis the menace, so what Agassi and Sampras have boys.;-)


tenisbebe Says:

Congrats to Fed & Mirka! Wow, natural twin girls – they will have their hands full. Are they identical twins, does anyone know? Wonderful news from them. We shall see in the next 2 wks re: Fed’s summer schedule.


tenisbebe Says:

tennisontherocks – my pleasure.


Von Says:

If anyone is interested the Tennis Channel is showing the Indy QFs matches today, SFs tomorrow, and final on Sunday. Check the TC guide for listings in your area.


jane Says:

I think Roger & Mirka will have nannies; like Von’s post says, they have mucho-casho, so they won’t have to be busy round the clock, depending on some parenting choices etc. I am sure they will have plenty of help.

And I am only speculating here, but I think Roger will play Canada and Cincy; it will give him a chance to further his points lead over Nadal. Plus, I don’t think he’s going to be the diaper-changing type of dad, especially when he has matches to play. If he were retired, it’d be different and I suspect he’d take the time to devote to the babies.

However, while I see him playing the MS hardcourt events, I don’t see Mirka showing up anywhere until the USO. That gives her more than a month to get settled with the babies, the nannies, etc. I doubt she’ll want to miss the last grand slam of the year – certainly if Roger makes it deep into the draw. And she won’t have to bring them to the matches if it’s only for a few hours.

Anyhow, it’ll be interesting to see what unfolds. Does anyone know if Roger has announced that he’ll play in Canada or Cincy?


tennisontherocks Says:

Roger is automatically entered in both Cinci/Montreal events and can wait to drop out till the last moment. He usually goes to Dubai around this time and trains there for full month. Not the case this year. So yeah, he may feel the need to play both events to get ready.


Fed is GOAT Says:

I think he will play both (canada and cinci). That’s one trip to the US. Then he will go back and return again for the USO – I think Mirka may not come for the USO either, at least for the first week. AFter that he has a long break, and then its mostly European events, he might skip a few depending on his points tally. I feel like he is going to make a big push to retain the No 1 ranking, given that he has so few points to defend the rest of the season, except for the USO.


Mina Says:

Congrats to Mirka and Roger – twins are double the blessing!

I don’t picture either of them as becoming absentee parents, but I’m sure they’ll be able to afford whatever extra support in the form of nannies is needed. And don’t Roger’s parents travel with him often – I’m sure the loving grandparents will want to chip in whenever they can as well.


FoT Says:

Congratulations to Roger and Mirka on the birth of their twin girls. I wonder if they are identical or not? lol! I’m happy for them. A double blessing! Glad mom and daughters are doing fine too. Mirka needs to be commended for carrying the twins full term after all the close matches Roger has put her through lately! lol

Again – congratulations and hope everything continues to go well for the family.


Fruitcake Says:

Never thought to see such a sexist comment as that one from Vared … which ark have you come out of?


vared Says:

Which remark Fruitcake? The one where I say Mirka’s tennis genes leave a lot to be desired or the one where Agassi and Sampras have boys?
LOL!
I suspect you mean the one where Agassi and Sampras have male children. What’s sexist about that? Fed just happens to be a girl maker times two. ;-)


fed is afraid Says:

congrats to the proud parents.
now that is something to cry about!!


tenisbebe Says:

fed is afraid – Good one!


Giner Says:

Those are some fancy names he gave them. I like it. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Federer, and I hope it doesn’t take away any of his edge when Montreal begins.


Alfredo Nieto Says:

Give those two girls about two weeks….. and WATCH OUT Williams sisters!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

Fed is afraid: “now that is something to cry about!!”

LOL !! I am sure there must be a lot of crying…


Daniel Says:

Two Baby girls!! Awesome news, congrats to Federer’s family.
I have twins cusins and boy, they use to fight 10 times a day. Imagine two teenage girls!!


zola Says:

hi everyone,
I just saw the news on the ATP page.

Congratulations to Federer and Mirka and the whole family.

Congratz to all Fed fans here. FoT, grendel. Kimo, Sean, Dan Martin, Danier, nacho, and more…

I love twins. how great!

twins are hard to look after the first couple of years but then they can become good friends. I always wanted to have twins!


Joe W Says:

Hey Dan – careful with the “newborns are easy” comments, although based on real world experience with my boy and girl, I’d to have to agree . A few topics and many moons ago, I made a similiar comment and the ladies in the house (like Jane and Von) jumped all over me with horror stories of colic babies, not sleeping thru the night, etc :)

Vared: not sure what was sexist about your comments but perhaps you were paying tribute to Luca Brasi..”Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.”

Federer is the Don again, yes?


Federer GOAT Says:

It took Sampras 4 years to have 2 kids. Roger did it in one.

Please consider this fact while deciding the GOAT.


Joe W Says:

Hey I heard a rumor that Nadal may show up in DC this year. That would be so cool…

not sure who was running the ATP in 1994 but i got to see Andre Agassi play Stefan Edberg in the DC final…sat in the box next to Brooke Shields…not bad for a 500 series event. To bad Presidents snub this tourney. The last Prez who was (is) a serious tennis player was G HW Bush (41). We can’t even get Obama to come out and pitch the first pitch for the Nationals. He’s a b-ball fan so I doubt we’d see him show up Rock Creek.


Dan Martin Says:

The Federer Sisters may have to contend with a player whose last name is Martin & who is 8 1/2 months their senior. Just sayin’


Voicemale1 Says:

“I just wonder how the WTA rankings will look in 20 years!”

Let’s just say that if they end up taking after their mother, who never met a Pastry Cart she didn’t love, the girls athletic inclinations will probably be confined to Pie Eating Contests. So the WTA Ranking will be an alien world to them.


GOAT Girl Says:

Congrats to Mirka and Roger!! That was a secret well-kept, and it was a lovely surprise for the fans.

Musing: If the Federer girls marry the Sampras boys, will we see a generation of super tennis players?


GOAT Girl Says:

Voicemale1: Mirka isn’t/wasn’t fat, she was pregnant with twins. It’s a pleasure to see a pregnant woman who cares more about the development of her fetuses than she does about society’s prejudices. Whenever I see anorectic, pregnant woman, I shiver at the thought of what’s happening to the fetuses they are carrying. Any doctor will tell you that it’s playing Russian Roulette. This is not to say that gaining an excess of weight is encouraged or desired,either.

You strike me as a rather shallow fellow.


Voicemale1 Says:

“GOAT Girl Says:
Voicemale1: Mirka isn’t/wasn’t fat, she was pregnant with twins. It’s a pleasure to see a pregnant woman who cares more about the development of her fetuses than she does about society’s prejudices. Whenever I see anorectic, pregnant woman, I shiver at the thought of what’s happening to the fetuses they are carrying. Any doctor will tell you that it’s playing Russian Roulette. This is not to say that gaining an excess of weight is encouraged or desired,either.

You strike me as a rather shallow fellow.”

Sweetheart – Mirka was clearly more than plump (and that’s a charitable description) once she stopped her own career and started working for “The Federer” (the nickname he told us in one of his numerous recent self-promoting commercials he tends to like more) and long before she ever got knocked up (and are we absolutely certain “The Federer” is actually the father of these two girls – is there a DNA test result posted somewhere to that effect?). Her overweight status pre-pregnancy was self-evident to any eye that could see. If you choose not to acknowledge something that obvious, then you’re capable of a level of denial that could possibly be dangerous.


GOAT Girl Says:

As I said, you are a rather shallow fellow. No need to say more; your own words convict you.


Voicemale1 Says:

GOAT Girl Says:

“As I said, you are a rather shallow fellow. No need to say more; your own words convict you.”

Who cares about what you say?


margot Says:

Voicemail1: Woooo, sexist or what??? and please DON’T call ME sweatheart, that’s reserved for rather special people of whom I’m very fond.


GOAT Girl Says:

Voicemale1: Clearly YOU care LOL. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t respond. As for addressing me as “sweetheart,” that’s ok. It just states the obvious…that you have many unresolved issues regarding women and your feelings of insecurity towards us and our successes. We’re here; get used to it.


Von Says:

It seems as though every other Fed fan is a ‘GOAT’ nowadays. How about some more original names guys?


Gordo Says:

All this silly but fun chat as to how the Sampras/Federer/Agassi-Graf/Martin offspring will do has me wondering -

Has there ever been a champion tennis player whose mom or dad was also a champion?

Goodness knows it occurs all the time in hockey, and it also occurs in football, but what about tennis?

Anyone?


tenisbebe Says:

Voicemale1 – re: post 11:06am If you don’t like the self-promoting Fed ads (which I do not)- FINE. But then you insult & disrespect Mirka, & women in general I might add, by insinuating that she is/was obese, got “knocked up” (a crude expression at best) & should now subject her newborns to DNA testing in order to prove to YOU their parentage? What an arrogant, sexist and insulting post! Don’t know if are hungover or got up on the wrong side of the bed but YOU certainly need to get laid & then maybe you’ll get over your consuming hatred of Fed & Mirka. Good luck – I wouldn’t go near you right now.


Twocents Says:

From Roddick’s Twitter:

“wimbledon womens champs in 2029-2040 …. the federer girls congrats to the new parents!”

You’ll get your own Wimby sooner than later, Andy! Got to love this guy.

Congrats to Fed & Mirka. They do seem seriously taking WTA issues personal :-))


Kimmi Says:

LOL LOL, great from Roddick Twocents. 2029-2040 that will be 11 years of Federer girls dominance…ha ha :)


tenisbebe Says:

Andy R. – always good for a soundbite…or a twitter.


Von Says:

Gordo: Judy Murray has won quite a few Scottish titles, but I doubt you’d want to have her acclaimed as a ‘champion’ meaning GS champion.

I think nowadays children seem to be somewhat much more independent of following in their parents footsteps and are inclined to please themselves more than mom and dad. Therefore, the Fed twins would most probably not even consider playing tennis regardless of how successful Federer himself is in the sport. But, then again, considering Dad’s (Fed’s) penchant for the Vogue runway, the girls might want to emulate his fashionista style. that said, they’ve certainly got a lot of viable options open to them. LOL.


tenisbebe Says:

“I think nowadays children seem to be somewhat much more independent of following in their parents footsteps and are inclined to please themselves more than mom and dad. Therefore, the Fed twins would most probably not even consider playing tennis regardless of how successful Federer himself is in the sport.” The Agassi’s son is an example of this – he has no interest in tennis (yet).


fed is afraid Says:

yeah, saying mirka needs to get a dna test is a crappy thing to say, and i thought i was a miserable person.


Mina Says:

“Inside Tennis” wrote an article about tennis fathers and their kids. None have produced a Grand Slam champ but there have been a few success stories. Most choose not to pursue tennis: http://www.insidetennis.com/2009/07/father-federer/

Funny article with the Bryan brothers & their parents regarding raising twins and their advice to Federer & Mirka: http://www.insidetennis.com/2009/07/1-2-federers-twin-girls/


Kimo Says:

Mirka was never fat. Sure, she got more curves on her than say, Brooklyn Decker, but honestly I’d take Mirka over Brooklyn anyday. She has a very cute face and seems like an honest, down-to-earth person. She was behind Roger before he became THE Roger, and the fact that she was content being just his “girfriend” for nine years is a testament to her patience and Fed’s loyalty. Even before they exchanged vows, in the eyes of the world they were just unofficially married. As far as tennis couples are concerned, Fed and Mirka’s is my favorite.

GOAT girl said:
“Whenever I see anorexic, pregnant woman, I shiver at the thought of what’s happening to the fetuses they are carrying.”

Totally agree.


Kimo Says:

I think the reason tennis, and perhaps golf too, don’t see a lot of sons going into their parents’ sport is that tennis requires a lot of sacrifices. It requires being away from your home most of the year, playing from January till November and still practicing hard in December coz there is a slam in January. When most people go on vacations in the summer, you’d be playing the biggest two slams of the year. You have to watch what you eat, what you drink, when you sleep, when you wake-up. The Tennis-life is just too damn hard. Very few children would find it bearable and even fewer parents would ask them to endure such misery.


Trishna Says:

Congrats…….Roger and Mirka have great time with your twin daughters.


Fedfan Says:

Voicemale1,

You are a jackass. Stop posting insults against women.


Von Says:

“Mirka was never fat. Sure, she got more curves on her than say, Brooklyn Decker, but honestly I’d take Mirka over Brooklyn anyday.”

How did Decker get into this, and what’s the connection here? NADA. Decker is a young woman, just out of her teens/adolescence (20), while Mirka is a matured woman, who’s 12 years Decker’s senior. Decker still has quite a few developmental stages physically and mentally to catch up with Mirka, thus the comparison is ridiculous and totally uncalled for. Better comparisons would be the wives of Sampras/Agassi/Woods, who are closer to Federer’s wife’s age, and how Mirka stacks up against them, but certainly not Decker. Reaching ….


Veno Says:

Von, I’m back in the good ol’ Netherlands…cry cry…

I had a great time, but it went by way too fast.

This thread makes me laugh and cry at the same time…first of all, the level of nonsense, silly assumptions and aggressive reactions to ridiculous posts is unparalelled(how many l’s are in it anyways?)

a little surprised you went for a reaction on the Mirka-Brooklyn copmarison lol. But it’s nice you defend Mirka. And you’ll stay aces in my book anyway.
I agree with you on the Fed-fans(so many are question marks in my mind) having names including GOAT….Makes me feel a little nauseous as a true fan. But, I can’t pass judgement because everybody is entitled to their opinion.

Ok, back to tennis…I haven’t been able to watch any tennis, just kept up with the scorelines. Davydenko won Hamburg and I am surprised Robby(Ginepri) beat Sam in the finals of Indy! How was the tourney? I read that TC broadcasted all the matches from the QF on. Any young players showing some promise and how was the level?

Anyways…Talk to you later Von and have a good day!!!!


Von Says:

Veno:

Glad you’re back safe at home. I think the Spanish nightclubs are crying due to the business they are losing and will lose from you and your posse in the future. Wow, you must have turned the place upside down and then some. LOL.

“This thread makes me laugh and cry at the same time…first of all, the level of nonsense, silly assumptions and aggressive reactions to ridiculous posts is unparalelled(how many l’s are in it anyways?)”

LOL.

Yes, I saw all of the Indy matches from the QFs to the finals and am glad at the results that Ginepri finally won a title after so many years of a title drought and illness. No, I haven’t seen any young players showing promise as the early matches were not streamed and/or broad-casted.

You’ll probably be able to know more of the tournament from Dan Martin’s article per my link below. Talk to you later, Veno, enjoy your day and return to your homeland.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2009-07-26/1854.php


Kimo Says:

Von, Brooklyn makes a living out of looking like a slim, blonde lingerie model, so being thin is the source of her livelihood. That I why I brought her into the argument, not because of her age, and certainly not because of some unconscious effort to insult “your precious”.


Kimo Says:

Veno said:

“a little surprised you went for a reaction on the Mirka-Brooklyn copmarison lol.”

You were? I sure wasn’t. Von answers to anything related to Andy Roddick, even when Andy is not in question at all.


Von Says:

Kimo:

“Von, Brooklyn makes a living out of looking like a slim, blonde lingerie model, so being thin is the source of her livelihood. That I why I brought her into the argument, not because of her age, and certainly not because of some unconscious effort to insult “your precious”.”

I didn’t see it as insulting ‘my precious’ as you put it. I’m merely asking why the comparison? Decker’s only 20 and you’re saying you prefer a 32 year-old to her. There really isn’t a comparison at all, both physically and mentally. Who knows what Decker will look like at 32, and how mature she’ll be in her thinking? I think a better comparison is Pete Sampras’ wife, since she and Mirka are around the same age. Why not compare those two — it’s a more realistic comparison?

Anyway, let’s just leave it alone, since it’s deviating from the topic of this thread.


Von Says:

“Von answers to anything related to Andy Roddick, even when Andy is not in question at all.”

I’m no different from the many, many Federer fans who post here. At least you guys get support from each other, but considering there aren’t many Roddick fans here, I think it’s only understandable that I defend him.

“Von answers to anything related to Andy Roddick, even when Andy is not in question at all.”

I suppose I just stick his name in someplace, yes? And then I start defending him on some imaginary topic. LOL. At least I post on other tennis related topics as well, but there are a ton of Federer fans who just show up to defend him, his character, his clothes, his fashionista, et al. And ,that’s all the tennis talk we hear from them. You’re reaching and then some.


Kimo Says:

Von, her name just popped in my head. I dunno why it did. I didn’t “pick” her.


Shabnam Says:

Hey Roger n Mirka i heartily congratulate u for d babies.. Best of luck Roger for ur upcoming matches n i pray u get al d sucess n happiness in life.


Fed is GOAT Says:

Can someone recall a case where a world champion in one sport has had a kid who turned out to be a world champion in the same sport? I don’t think it has ever happened. How about world champion in a different sport? Even that might be extremely rare, if it has ever happened.

I think becoming world champion in a sport is so rare and difficult, that the odds just preclude this occurence.


margot Says:

Motor racing and cricket tend to be a bit dynastic but also lots of sportspeople come from sporting families. On the other side of the coin lots of sportspeople have been screwed up by their sporting, and indeed non-sporting, families.


jane Says:

Hockey is a bit “dynastic” too, to borrow margot’s word. You often have cousins, siblings, etc all playing the sport – not necessarily children, but families.


Von Says:

Kutnetsova’s father was a cyclist and her mother was active in sports, and Clijsters’ father was a Soccer player, which translates to the kids from sports parents most probably will play some type of sport but not necessarily follow in the same field of sports as their parents.

Margot: I agree a lot of parents push their children to play sports even though the kids aren’t so inclined. Agassi is an example of being pushed by his father and Andre rebelled in so many ways that it almost ruined him. I think kids should have freedom of choice.


Fed is GOAT Says:

Von, that’s true. I still can’t find a world champion son or daughter of a world champion athlete, even in different sports. Like if Guga was Pele’s son. Something like that. Or if Agassi was Ali’s son (Agassi’s father was a boxer). I don’t know if that has ever happened.


Von Says:

FIG:
No, none that I can think of. When the DNA/genes becomes cross-linked, I doubt the same genes prevail and/or remain dominant — so much for cloning. I’ve also yet to see a Nobel peace prize recipient whose children also have the same high IQ and/or duplicate the works of the parent. I’ve seen it happen in my own family where two kids have different IQs and only one coming close to the parent with the higher IQ, but not quite there. I suppose it’s why we are called Individuals.


Giner Says:

Charlene Riva and Myla Rose. How common are these names in Swizerland? They sound very creative.


Cathi Says:

I’ve read all of your comments and am still laughing. Who cares if Mrs. Federer was overweight, it’s not my business.And voicemale1, just because your parents were probably married when you were born, doesn’t mean that maybe you aren’t your fathers child. Congrats to the Federer’s and look forward to seeing Roger on the court.


Fed is GOAT Says:

Excellent performance in any field is determined by so many factors – genes, circumstances, luck, hard work, etc. – that is unlikely that all these factors work together perfectly for multiple people in the same family, especially across generations.


jane Says:

Tsonga’s dad was a boxer; Djoko’s dad was a skier; Nadal’s uncle (or cousin?) is a soccer player; Safin’s mom was a tennis player; etc.

Definitely, children who come from sporting families are likely to be athletic and may be inclined to pursue a sport professionally, but as already suggested, it need not be the same sport the rest of the family plays/played.


Fed is GOAT Says:

Ya, children of sportsmen often become sportsmen themselves, mostly in different sports. However, a world champion son or daughter of a world champion mom or dad? Can’t think of any example like that.


MMT Says:

Here’s the list of fathers, that I know of, that won slams in the last 20 years (children at the time are in parentheses):

Andre Agassi 2003 Australian Open (1 son)
Albert Costa 2002 French Open (twin daughters)
Boris Becker 1996 Australian Open (1 son)
Jimmy Connors 1982 Wimbledon 1982, 1983 US Open (1 son)
Andrés Gimeno 1973 French Open (1 daughter)


MMT Says:

Actually Tsonga’s father was a handball player, and Nadal uncle Miguel Angel Nadal (not Toni) was a world-class footballer who played for FC Barcelona and the national team of spain in (at least) 2 World Cups (1994, 1998) – big and strong as an ox that one was.


Fed is GOAT Says:

Becker had other children as well, that he didn’t know about in 1996!


MMT Says:

Not true – he has only one child aside from the two with Barbara Feltus, conceived in 1999.


Fed is GOAT Says:

What about the child becker had when he knocked up someone in a closet of a bar in London after he lost at wimbledon in 1992 or 93? Some Russian girl I think. Years later she claimed money from him, and a paternity test proved he was the father. He didn’t know about this kid in 1996!

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