Roger Federer would skip French Open for birth of child

Roger Federer isn’t going to miss the birth of his third baby. (Sebastien Nogier / EPA)

There was a big controversy a couple of weeks ago when New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy chose to miss the first few games of the season to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. For Roger Federer, for whom tournaments are more scarce than baseball games, there’s no doubt what he’ll do when his wife delivers the couple’s third child.

He’s going to be with her.

Federer, 32, has not said when the child is due, but he would skip the French Open, the second Grand Slam event of 2014, if need be. “So we’re just waiting. It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife,” Federer said Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. “I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.”

The French Open runs May 25-June 8 and Federer is at peace with missing the chance to chase his 18th Slam even though he hasn’t missed a Slam in 14 years.

“Yeah, let’s talk about it when it would happen. At the moment we hope it’s not going to be that way,” he said after beating Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2. “If it is, that’s what it is, you know.”

Federer and his wife, Mirka, are the parents of twin girls, born in 2009.


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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