He also paid tribute to his wife and children, saying: "I would like to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka, who has lived through every minute with me.
"She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless matches, even while over eight months pregnant, and has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years. I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places, and creating wonderful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever.
Despite having been in the game for almost two decades, Federer was still undeniably one of the best in the game at the time of his retirement, consistently beating out both veteran opponents and young competitors.
He’s been named Player of the Year five times and has won countless sportsmanship awards.
Who are Roger Federer’s wife and kids?
Roger is married to Mirka Federer (maiden name Vavrinec), a former professional tennis player herself until she had to retire in 2002 due to a sports-related injury. The two met at the 2000 Summer Olympics and married nine years later.
Mirka and Roger Federer had twins shortly after, daughters Myla and Charlene. Five years later, they welcomed sons Lenny and Leo – also twins.
The ‘twin thing’ delighted the tennis community. Fans joked that Federer’s kids could one day go on to win their own doubles championships.
Although it was said in jest, that might not be such a long shot. The Federer children may still be young today, but they already share their parents’ love for tennis. The younger Lenny and Leo are starting to learn the basics, while the older twins do it socially to hang out with other kids.
Now that Federer is giving up his professional career in tennis, he may even turn to coaching his kids himself!
Do Roger or Mirka have a history of twins in their families?
It’s quite rare to have twins – only about 33 out of a thousand births are twins. But having TWO sets of twins? That’s a miracle.
Of course, your chances of having twins are much higher if it runs in the family, which seems to be the case for Roger Federer. His older sister Diana is also the mother of twins, albeit fraternal. Federer traced this back to his maternal grandmother, who was also a twin.
How has having kids impacted Roger and Mirka’s lives?
Because of his career, Roger has to travel around the world constantly. Thankfully, his children are homeschooled, so Roger and Mirka are able to bring their children with them.
“I feel very fortunate I can travel with them around the world and I discovered the cities now from a different angle,” Federer shared. “They are so cute, well-educated, they like travelling, they get excited when they go on a plane or when they come to [zoo] or even tennis with me.”
Although it’s difficult to juggle touring with family life, Roger (with the love and support of his wife Mirka) is up to the task, saying, “I did not need to have kids for a wake up call in my life but it's the most incredible thing in the world to have kids in general and having that responsibility.”
Roger Federer’s children
Charlene Riva Federer & Myla Rose Federer
Date of birth: July 23, 2009 (age 13)
Lenny Federer & Leo Federer
Date of birth: May 6, 2014 (age 8)