Miroslava “Mirka” Federer (born Miroslava Vavrinec on 1 April 1978 in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland. She reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of no. 76 on 10 September 2001 and a doubles ranking of no. 215 on 24 August 1998. She is the wife of Roger Federer, having first met him at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She retired from the game in 2002 due to a persistent foot injury. She has since frequently been seen on the ATP circuit attending her husband’s matches.
Born in Bojnice (Slovakia), Miroslava emigrated to Switzerland when she was just two years old. Her parents currently own a jewelry shop in Kreuzlingen and reside in Schaffhausen. In 1987, when she was nine, her father took her to watch a tournament at Filderstadt in Germany. Mirka met Martina Navratilova, who thought she looked athletic and should try tennis. Navratilova later sent her a racquet and arranged for her first tennis lesson. In 2002 she teamed up with Roger Federer in the Hopman Cup.
Prior to her retirement she was ranked in the mid-80s, though she was fractionally outside of the top 75 during the 2001 season. Her best Grand Slam performance was in 2001, when she reached the third round of the US Open. However, a recurring foot injury prevented Vavrinec from progressing further up the rankings, eventually forcing her retirement from competitive tennis in 2002. Following her retirement, she took on the role of Federer’s press and public relations manager, traveling with him on tour