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“She Told me I Was so Young When She Kissed me”: Roger and Mirka Federer’s 21-year Romance

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer may be renowned for his all-time record — which he shares with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — as the victor of 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, but he’s not the only professional tennis player in the Federer family.

Miroslava ‘Mirka’ Federer, Roger’s wife of 12 years, was actually a top-100 ranked player at the time of her retirement in 2002 due to a foot injury. Now, she’s Federer’s public relations manager and handles a lot of his media affairs.

Their mutual love of tennis is actually what brought the couple together in the first place

The duo’s love story began at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics; Roger, who had just turned 18, was paired up with the then-22-year-old Mirka to compete as a doubles pair for Switzerland. Their two-week-long trip Down Under culminated in a kiss in a dormitory full of wrestlers.

“We were both playing for Switzerland in tennis,” Roger recalled in 2019 of their first kiss, “and then we spent two weeks together in those dorms. We were together with the wrestlers and all the other cool athletes. I guess over the two weeks, we built up some chemistry.”

One of the wrestlers told Roger to kiss Mirka, but he wasn’t so sure. Eventually, after the wrestler egged him on, he went for it — but even though they kissed, Mirka thought Roger was too young

“She told me I was so young when she kissed me. I tried to tell her I was almost 18-and-a-half. I tried to sneak in a quarter year,” the now-40-year-old said.

For two years, the couple managed to keep their love affair under wraps, but their romance became public at the 2002 Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia, as they teamed up for a mixed doubles match.

The chemistry was palpable between them during their on-court post-match interview

After nine years of dating, a few weeks after they announced Mirka’s first pregnancy, Roger and Mirka tied the knot on April 11, 2009 at Villa Wenkenhof in Riehen.

A few months after their wedding, the Federers welcomed their now 12-year-old twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. In 2014, Roger and Mirka became parents again, welcoming another set of twins, sons Leo and Lenny.

The four Federer children are often seen at their father’s matches, which is made possible by the fact that they are homeschooled, meaning they can easily follow Roger around the world.

Roger is not shy when it comes to gushing about Mirka, who comes to every single one of his tennis games. He has previously said that being with a fellow tennis player has made him a better person and a better athlete, as his wife knows what it takes for Roger to succeed.

In fact, speaking with the Sunday Times last year, Roger said that it would have been likely that he and Mirka divorced had she not retired from tennis when she did, because they never would have been able to see each other.

The duo love being together so much, that Roger even told the publication he won’t sleep unless Mirka is beside him.

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Kate Middleton’s anger at Prince William over his lifestyle: ‘Making me look bad’

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KATE MIDDLETON was left furious with Prince William after he was pictured dancing on a podium alongside another woman just days after another encounter in a nightclub.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced Kate will host a charity Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week. Taking place on December 8, the event will be televised in the lead up to Christmas. Kate and William’s increasingly integral role within the Royal Family has also shown the strength of their relationship. Earlier this year, the Cambridges celebrated 10 years of marriage. They didn’t reach the milestone without challenging moments, however, as highlighted by a 2007 report.

It claimed that William had been seen dancing on a podium in Bournemouth, attracting the attention of another woman.

This came just days after newspaper reports claimed William was seen sharing an embrace with a woman while on a “boys’ night out” in Boujis, London.

The newspaper quoted a friend of Kate’s who said the Duchess sent a warning to William.

The friend said: “Kate told William that he was making her look bad.

“She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and, for a while, she found it humorous and even flattering.

“But after his recent behaviour she gave him an ultimatum and told him that every time he behaved like that in public he was cheapening her image as well as his own.

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“She told him she wasn’t prepared to be treated like a doormat and that his carefree behaviour was affecting her image.

“She gave him quite a pasting. In the past, she had always let go of things like that, but this really bothered her.”

A family friend of Kate’s added: “Kate rose above all the rumours and just laughed them off, but something recently snapped in her.

“She was irritated when she read about his flirting in Bournemouth and she wasn’t best pleased to hear about the blonde he ended up with on the dance floor at Boujis.”

Kate and William endured a tough year in 2007 when they briefly split.

Reports from April 2007 also claim that William broke up with Kate via a phone call that she received while at work.

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Naughty Boy’s unfortunate Meghan Markle error: ‘This is the future’

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NAUGHTY BOY made a bold prediction about Meghan Markle’s place in the Royal Family, which sadly turned out to be far from the truth.

Naughty Boy, the music producer who is best known for hits such as Runnin’ and La La La, is already getting stuck into bushtucker trials as he stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He has also clashed with fellow campmate Kadeena Cox over cooking duties as the show begins in dramatic fashion. Naughty boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, is used to keeping company with big stars, including members of the Royal Family. In February 2018, Naughty Boy performed for royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla hosted a gala dinner for the British Asian Trust.

He admitted he was “petrified” ahead of a performance for the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.

Naughty Boy said: “I was really petrified initially because there’s so much powerful energy here, but it felt right that I should be doing this.”

The DJ said: “I think this is part of the future. The whole culture is shifting to accepting just everything. For the Royal Family to spearhead that ‒ I think that’s amazing.”

Meghan’s life in the Royal Family was far from idyllic, however, as two years of regular criticism and tensions within the family culminated in the Sussexes leaving royal duties behind in 2020.

Meghan and Prince Harry later spoke about their life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.

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Will Andy Murray retire from tennis?

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After producing a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback against Oscar Otte on Wednesday, a match played under the centre court lights with a sense of nostalgia, Andy Murray then bowed out of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Denis Shapovalov on Friday.

That loss once again raised the matter of his retirement. Murray almost retired once, but fought back from undergoing surgeries in 2018 and in 2019, operations that mean he now plays with a metal hip

t had seemed that the Scot was set to retire in 2019, so much so that a farewell video was prepared with messages from tennis legends and the other members of what had been ‘The Big Four’. That came as a shock to the three-time Grand Slam champion as he had never officially stated he’d hang up his racket. But, it did appear that the end was near.

His return at Wimbledon 2021
Murray was able to fight back from his injury nightmare, playing well in doubles and even winning another ATP men’s singles title at the 2019 European Open, his first since March of 2017.

Through a wildcard, he was able to enter Wimbledon in 2021 and spoke ahead of the tournament about how excited he was.

“A few years ago, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play there ever again,” he told GQ.

“So, even though the last 18 months have been difficult from a tennis perspective, I’ve still been able to play a little bit.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t been at the level that I want as consistently as I wanted to, because of the injuries, but then again before the hip operation I also had come to terms with the fact that I might never play tennis again. So it’s been hard.

“But I’m still excited to be out there and getting the chance to compete in events such as Wimbledon.”

Murray hints at retirement
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the third round, though, Murray was more pessimistic when asked about his future.

“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately I didn’t play how I would want and expect,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.

“So, it’s like, is it worth it?”

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