Roger Federer’s ex-coach Paul Annacone feels that Mirka Federer’s contribution to the Swiss’s success is undervalued.
Roger and Mirka first met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where they both represented Switzerland in tennis and also played doubles together. They started dating and a few years later they got married in 2009. They are blessed with four children Charlene, Myla, Leo, and Lenny.
Roger Federer who is widely regarded as the greatest of all time, bid adieu to the sport in 2022. His successful career which stretched for more than two decades wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a great team.
Paul Annacone in a recent interview, mentioned the impact of Mirka on the Swiss’s success and feels that it is often undervalued. She was herself a tennis player and so had a great understanding of the game and was able to help her husband in various aspects.
“He had a great team around him. Tony[Godsick] was awesome. Mirka doesn’t get enough credit. She’s amazing. She’s really someone that understood tennis and understand her husband so well. Not only with tennis, but also with who he became as an icon.”– Paul Annacone in an interview
Paul Annacone coached Roger from 2010 to 2013 and guided him to a Grand Slam success at the 2012 Wimbledon Open and two ATP Finals titles in 2010 and 2011. He stated that he was lucky to have worked with him and considers himself a small part of Federer’s success.
“And without Severin Luthi and Pierre[Paganini], man, it would have been tough, but I was, I was just lucky. I was just one granule of salt in that big whole shaker of ingredients. It was really fun.”– Paul Annacone in an interview
Roger Federer availed some family time in Japan
Roger Federer announced his retirement at the 2022 Laver Cup. Since then he has been busy with off-the-court commitments.
He made it to the 2023 Laver Cup recently in Vancouver as a mentor and supporter for Team Europe. Soon after the tournament, he traveled to Japan for a holiday with his family. He shared photos from his time there on social media.
He also paid a visit to Kanazawa Indoor Tennis Club where he played some tennis with his family. The club shared images of the Swiss visit on Instagram.
Mr. Roger Federer, who is on a private family trip today, on the morning of the 8th, finished a sightseeing tour of Kanazawa and played tennis as a family at our indoor Kanazawa Indoor Tennis Club.