Just a week after the birth of his second set of twins, boys Lenny and Leo, Roger Federer was all smiles at the Rome Masters 1000 on Tuesday. The 2013 finalist fielded questions from the interested press and Federer obliged.
“To be honest being back on the tour is the least important thing,” said Federer who arrived in Rome on Monday. “I couldn’t be happier – for those who have kids it’s the best thing – they know what I am talking about. It’s hard to leave all the family, but I’ll see them soon, shortly. The boys are healthy and Mirka is good too. It’s a great time in our lives.
“The plan is that they can come on tour. At least we know how to handle with kids on the road, and that’s quite a challenge early on especially when they are about 12 months old.”
So soon after the birth, Federer wasn’t expected in Rome, but made the decision to play after consulting with his family.
“I spoke to the team, I spoke to Mirka, asked all of them what they think I should do and they told me to come here and play,” said Federer. “So I said ok, if you don’t want me around, I’ll go away! I miss them a lot already, it’s a different type of week, but I’ll get through it and I hope I can play some good tennis here.”
“Father Federer” is a 3-time runner-up in Rome in 2003, 2006 and 2013. He’ll play Jeremy Chardy in his first match.
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