epa02754468 Roger Federer of Switzerland acknowledges the crowd after defeating Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in their third round match for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 27 May 2011. EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO |
Roger Federer has not only slipped to No. 3 in the Wimbledon seedings this year, but the Swiss star has also lost out on the distinction of “Hottest Sports Dad” in a recent contest on iVillage.com. After the conclusion of voting last week, Federer lost out to soccer star David Beckham, who is a father of three, with a fourth on the way.
Federer’s wife Mirka gave birth to twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in 2009. At the time, Federer had posted on his Facebook page that the birth of his twins was the best day of his life.
In an interview with ESPN’s Pat Shriver after his quarterfinal victory at the 2010 U.S. Open, Federer had spoken about the joys of fatherhood.
“They’ve started giving me kisses now,” Federer had said of the twins. “I love it. So cute.”
Federer had also previously stated that the transition to fatherhood had been an easier one than he had expected.
“It’s so well set up,” he had said. “Mirka takes such great care. I can place my practice whenever I want. I still have enough time to be with the family. The transition was very smooth and I’m very happy about it, of course.”
“I guess in soccer guys marry and have kids much faster than in tennis,” he had added. “In tennis, very often financially you’re never quite safe. Injury can hit at any time. You don’t have a five-year contract. It’s very much living day by day. We’re not in one place like maybe soccer players are. You have a tendency to marry later, and later also in your career you start to maybe not play as well.”
In addition to Beckham, Federer was up against Tom Brady, Jeff Gordon, and Cristiano Ronaldo in the category of “Sports Dads.”
Do you agree with the readers’ choice of Beckham over Federer? Who is the hottest tennis dad, in your opinion?
On the day that the Aegon Championships launches its new Priority Ticket Membership (at 10am), the British No.1 Andy Murray and the tournament’s defending champion Grigor Dimitrov have both committed to return to The Queen’s Club in London, 15-21 June.
Venus Williams will enter the Australian Open confidently after capturing the Auckland title on Saturday with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki. The Kastles superstar improved to 6-0 lifetime against Wozniacki to clinch her 46th singles title. Now ranked 18th in the world, Williams dropped only 15 games en route to the final.
Below you will find a release regarding registration for the BNP Paribas Challenge beginning today. This event provides an opportunity for players to win their way into the qualifying draw of the BNP Paribas Open. The size of the event continues to grow, and we anticipate that being the case again this year!
In its eighth year of Australian Open coverage, Tennis Channel will unveil a live, hourlong, daily introductory show from the Melbourne tournament grounds similar to lead-in programs it uses at the US Open and other events throughout the year.
Poland has won its first Hopman Cup title after beating the USA in a suspense-filled mixed doubles in Saturday’s final. The first-time champion nation went ahead 1-0 after Agnieszka Radwanska shocked 18-time major champion Serena Williams 64 67(3) 61, but John Isner ensured the higher-ranked pairing stayed alive with a 76(10) 64 win over Jerzy Janowicz.