An amazing article in the New York Times reveals a number of intimate details about the newly formed Federer family.
Obviously, click here and read the whole thing. This post is just an excuse to marvel, gush and worry (just a little bit.)
Factoid #1: Myla and Charlene are identical.
Random thought #1: Here’s hoping the Bryan brothers have another 16 years or so on tour, so we can have the first ever identical twin mixed doubles final. Obvious headline: “Seeing Doubles!”
Factoid #2: The Federer family + baby nurse flew by private plane to Montreal today (Friday) for the Rogers Cup tournament and plan to go to Cincinnati, too. Roger says that they held off on deciding about Montreal until this week, but Mirka has been excitedly bugging him for days: “Are we going? Are we going? Are we going?”
Random thought #2: Roger and Mirka are a little bit crazy. Just a little. . .
Factoid #3: The babies were born on July 23 but just left the hospital this Tuesday. Roger spent almost 3 weeks sleeping in a Zurich hospital room with Mirka, who checked in early, and then the twins. During this time, he practiced for a week with Stefan Koubek in a location near the hospital (click here for Koubek’s take.)
Random thought #3: This must have been the Carlyle of hospitals (monogrammed pillow cases for everyone!) If Mirka and the kids extended their stay for medical reasons instead of comfort, it’s obviously fantastic news that everyone’s now healthy enough to travel.
Factoid #4: The Federers learned they were pregnant during January’s Doha tournament, and that they were expecting twins before Roger’s semifinal match against del Potro at the Australian Open. Roger said that beating del Potro 6-3, 6-0, 6-0, gave him confidence that the news wouldn’t affect his game.
Random thought #4: And then there was The Final. *shivers*
Factoid #5: Roger was definitely NOT eating for two. He says he lost 10 pounds from March to May.
Uh, “random” thought #5:
In shape Roger at the French Open. Getty Images
Is everyone looking forward to the Federer Family’s summer “road” trip? (Now if only the USTA would lend them that old US Open Series RV!)