Game, Set… Diaper Change! Tennis Star to Be First Time Dad
According to recent online reports, tennis star Roger Federer is expecting his first child with his girlfriend Miroslava ‘Mirka’ Vavrinec. The two have been dating since 2000. She was also a tennis player, and like her famous beau represented Sweden in the 2000 Olympics. She was forced to retired from competition because of a recurring foot injury in 2002. Since then she has been Federer’s public relations manager.
Federer made the joyous announcement on his website on Thursday. The statement read, “Mirka and I are excited to let you know that we will be parents this summer! Mirka is pregnant and we are so happy to be starting a family together. This is a dream come true for us. We love children and we are looking forward to being parents for the first time. Mirka is feeling great and everything is going well.”
There is a lot you can say about Federer’s storied career in tennis. Widely regarded as the best player of all time, he has set a number of records in the sport. Among the notables are, winning the most consecutive US Open titles, and being ranked number one in the world for 237 straight weeks. His title haul includes 13 Grand Slam titles, with five Wimbledon victories among them. He also won gold in the doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Since this is Federer’s fist trip to Dad land for the 27-year old, perhaps he can get advice from fellow tennis pros Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras who both have two children. Both are now retired from the sport, so they might be available to offer a few tips.
Sampras is married to actress Bridgette Wilson, and their children are Christian Charles and Ryan Nikolaos. Andre Agassi married to Steffi Graf, herself also a dominant force on the courts for a while. The union has so far produced two children, Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle.
Good luck to Roger Federer and Miroslava Vavrinec. I look forward not only to the birth of his first child but also his continued achievements on the courts.