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Roger Federer Fell in Love With a Former Pro Tennis Player

Tennis player Roger Federer is in the same class as Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Serena Williams, and Tom Brady. These figures are world-class athletes who transcend their sport.

Federer has been a dominant force for nearly two decades. He's accomplished about all you can think of during his tennis career: 20 Grand Slam titles, 310 weeks as the No. 1 ranked player in the world, and Olympic gold medals, to name a few.

The Swiss athlete's resume goes on and on.

His most notable accomplishment wasn't a Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open or U.S. Open championship. It happened early in his career in Australia.

Roger Federer's Wife Mirka Federer

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The ball was in Roger Federer's court.

The young tennis star was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics representing Switzerland. His teammate Miroslava Vavrinec caught his attention.

Miroslava, more commonly known as "Mika", was a solid tennis player in her own right. She hailed from Slovakia and emigrated to Switzerland when she was two.

When she was nine, she attended a tournament in Germany. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova took notice and encouraged her to try tennis.

She climbed all the way to the professional tennis ranks, making the Swiss Olympic team and reaching the third round of the 2001 U.S. Open in in New York City.

The two teamed up for the 2002 Hopman Cup, a tournament with mixed-gender teams played on a country-by-country basis. The tournament was held indoors in Australia, where the couple met for the first time.

A recurring foot injury caused Mirka to retire in 2002.

Following retirement, she took over as Federer's public relations manager.

The Basel, Switzerland native and Mirka tied the knot on April 11, 2009 at a small ceremony surrounded by a small group of family and friends.

They share two sets of twins together: twin girls Myla Rose and Charlene were born in 2011 and twin boys Lenny and Leo were born in 2014.

The Federer family donated 1 million Swiss francs to the "most vulnerable families in Switzerland" at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The immediate response came as no surprise. Roger is an active philanthropist through the Roger Federer Foundation.

Federer still has some gas left in the tank. His primary focus is on his children and dueling Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray or Dominic Thiem.

Mirka handles everything else behind the scenes.

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