Who Is Roger Federer's Wife? All About Mirka Federer

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Roger Federer and Mirka Federer were married in 2009 and have two sets of identical twins

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Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis

Roger Federer met his wife, Mirka, long before his first major singles win. Both tennis players, the couple met while representing Switzerland at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

After nine years of dating, Roger and Mirka tied the knot in 2009 and have since welcomed two sets of identical twins.

The tennis star attributed his longevity in the sport in part to Mirka's support. "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 reportedly told the press after winning the Australian Open in 2017. When he announced his retirement in September 2022, he thanked his wife as well.

Who is Roger Federer's wife? Here's everything to know about Mirka Federer.

She married Roger in 2009

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Roger Federer Instagram

Mirka and Roger met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where they were both representing Switzerland in tennis. They began dating the same year and were married in April 2009.

The couple tied the knot in Roger's hometown of Basel, Switzerland.

"Earlier today, in my hometown of Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family, Mirka and I got married. It was a beautiful spring day and an incredibly joyous occasion," Roger wrote on his blog at the time.

She's a mom

Tim Clayton/Corbis Mirka Federer with their children, nine-year-old twin girls Charlene and Myla and five-year-old twin boys Lenny and Leo
Tim Clayton/Corbis Mirka Federer with their children, nine-year-old twin girls Charlene and Myla and five-year-old twin boys Lenny and Leo

A few months after their wedding, Roger and Mirka welcomed their first babies — identical twins Charlene Riva and Myla Rose — in July 2009.

"This is the greatest day of our lives," the tennis legend said in a statement. "Mirka, Myla and Charlene are all healthy and doing very well."

In 2014, they welcomed another set of identical twins, boys Leo and Lenny.

"Having kids and being a father now and being married enhances everything," Roger once told ESPN.

She supports Roger at his matches

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Clive Brunskill/Getty

The mom of four regularly brings their children to Roger's matches. When Roger won Wimbledon in 2017, Mirka and both sets of twins were in the stands cheering him on.

"I looked up in the stands and saw my kids … then it started to sink in that I was a Wimbledon Champion for real," Federer told Today following the win.

He continued, "I saw the boys for the first time, and [seeing] them coming out to centre court and knowing how much centre court means to me, and seeing them like not knowing what's going on. And then the girls were there too and my wife was emotional. It just really hit me."

In July 2023, Women's Wear Daily reported that Mirka and Roger attended Wimbledon as spectators together. The pair sat next to Kate Middleton in the royal box as they watched a women’s singles match between Shelby Rogers of U.S. and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.

Roger thanked her in his retirement announcement

When Roger announced his "bittersweet decision" to retire in September 2022, he thanked his wife for her decades of support.

"She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless matches even while over 8-months pregnant and has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years," he said in a video he shared on social media.

The tennis player also gave a shout-out to their children, saying, "I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and creating new memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever."

She's a former tennis pro

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Bongarts/Getty

Mirka — who competed under her maiden name Vavrinec — was a professional tennis player and represented Switzerland at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was forced to retire from tennis after a career-ending foot injury.

She's a philanthropist

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Karwai Tang/WireImage

The former tennis pro has supported Roger's philanthropic pursuits throughout their relationship. In 2020, the couple donated more than $1 million to Swiss families impacted by COVID-19.

"These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind," Roger wrote in an Instagram caption announcing the donation.

The couple has also donated more than $1 million toward education in Africa through the Roger Federer Foundation. At the time of the donation, Roger said he hoped it would set the stage for his daughters to continue the couple's philanthropy work when they became adults.

"I definitely want to show them that this world exists as well," he elaborated. "There's no way around it for them because I'll be traveling."

She helps Roger stay humble

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Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty

Roger has been open about his desire to remain humble despite being one of the world's top tennis pros and according to him, Mirka has a lot to do with helping him set his priorities.

"Never forget your roots, remember how important family is, your friends are and take care of them. You want them to take care of you too when you're not doing so well," Roger said.

According to the Grand Slam winner, Mirka's also responsible for looking after his style. After posting a throwback photo of himself as a teenager on Instagram, he poked fun at his look and captioned it, "Reminding everyone there are better days ahead 😜 😁 #weekend #vibes #premirka #teen #wearingmyfirsttie."

She's a dog mom

In 2022, the couple took on another role: dog parents. In an Instagram post, Roger revealed they had recently welcomed a dog named Willow into the family. "We gave in… 😄 But we couldn't be happier, Welcome to the family Willow," he wrote in the caption.

She enjoys traveling around the world with Roger

In December 2022, Mirka and Roger spent "24hrs in Paris" in order to attend a Moët & Chandon soirée at the Palais Brongniart. The tennis star shared a photo from the lavish event on Instagram.

The couple returned to Paris in January 2023 for fashion week. Mirka and Roger sat front row at the Dior and Chanel shows and were spotted mingling with a slew of celebrities, including Anna Wintour and Baz Luhrmann.

She and Roger attended the Met Gala in 2023

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John Shearer/WireImage

Roger, who was selected by Anna Wintour to co-chair the 2023 Met Gala, was joined by Mirka at fashion's biggest night. The tennis champ wore a custom Dior tuxedo, while Mirka turned heads in a feathery pink gown.

She inspired a character in Challengers

In May 2024, Challengers screenwriter Justin Kuritzkes told GQ that Zendaya's character, Tashi, was inspired by Mirka after the way she reacted to Roger's face-off against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2019.

“She looked so stressed out, every point,” he said. “I was watching her and just thinking, ‘Why are you so stressed out? You guys have all the money in the world. You've won 20 grand slams. What's so stressful to you? It has to be something else.’ "

Like Mirka, Tashi is also a former tennis player who suffered a career-ending injury.

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