ROLAND GARROS 2014
Books Or Dad's Match, Federer Doesn't Mind
by ATP Staff|
Given the choice to watch their dad play tennis or dig into a good book, it appears that reading still holds more allure for Roger Federer’s twin daughters Myla and Charlene. Courtside for dad’s third-round victory over Dmitry Tursunov Friday, the soon-to-be-five-year-old sisters were enthralled with the ‘Great Big Mystery Book’. But that’s just fine with the 2009 Roland Garros champion.
“It gives me some inspiration,” Federer said of seeing his girls in the stands. “I feel happy as a person, and if they watch 10 minutes or five sets, it doesn't change anything. It's nice to be all together with the whole family. That's what matters. But now they are calmer, they can remain in the stands, and that's great. If they love tennis, so much the better.”
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As expected, newborn twin sons Leo and Lenny were not courtside for the match. Federer said that his expanded family had not impacted his career and that he was comfortably and happily adjusting to a different dynamic as a father of four.
“It's just a different pace day to day, spending time not only with my daughters but now also my sons," Federer said. "So there is a bit of a different dynamic. But overall, [we’re] clearly enjoying ourselves, like never before. So I'm very happy in my personal life, and that is very positive for my on-court performance, as well, I believe.”
Following his four-set win over Tursunov, Federer was asked about one day having a press conference on Twitter. Although he squashed that idea, he did say that he was pleased he decided later in his career to join the micro-blogging community.
“I have done Q&As and all that stuff on different platforms and also on Twitter. It's nice being able to interact with the fans and do it sometimes on the couch back at the room, your home and still stay connected. It's a nice way to do that.
“It's been a year now that I have joined Twitter and it's been actually very nice reception, people are very friendly on the web, which is nice, because sometimes in the blogging world it's not always the case. That's why I was a bit worried about it all.
“I enjoy myself, and I hope to give people who follow me a different angle of my everyday life and some insight and input, really. That's basically why I do it and not to manage media.”
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