Love on the court! Roger Federer met his wife, Mirka Federer (née Vavrinec), while they were both playing the sport they love most: tennis.The 20-time Grand Slam winner and the Slovakia native first crossed paths at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, while they were both competing for Switzerland. (Mirka’s family immigrated to the country when she was a toddler.)Neither player medaled at the competition, but they hit it off with each other, sharing a kiss on their last night in the Olympic Village. “It was more than just a kiss, I guess,” Roger told CNN in 2019. “It was something that led to something extraordinary for us.
We are still very happy.”The duo secretly dated for two years before taking their romance public at the 2002 Hopman Cup, where they competed as doubles partners.
Mirka retired from professional tennis later that year because of a stubborn foot injury, but she remained immersed in the sports world alongside Roger as he climbed the rankings, becoming his public relations manager.When the athlete won the Australian Open in 2017, he credited Mirka — his “No.
1 supporter” — with helping him achieve his goals. “She’s been there when I had no titles and she’s still here 89 titles later, so she had a big part to play in [the win],” he told reporters at the time. “She knows it, I know it, everybody knows it.Read more on usmagazine.com