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?