Tennis Served Fresh got an advanced look into the biography of Roger Federer hitting the shelves in about a month.
Quest for Perfection: The Roger Federer Story covers his childhood, his days as a temperamental junior, and his early days at the top of the ATP tennis heap.
Here’s an excerpt on Roger’s life with girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec:
Roger and Mirka lead a quiet, harmonious life together and seem compatible with each other. “Mirka likes to cook and I like to eat. That’s a perfect arrangement,” he said. “I help from time to time, make the beds, vacuum or dry the dishes. We make sure that we divide the work evenly.” He knows that his girlfriend sacrifices a great deal for him and he tries to do something in return whenever the opportunity presents itself. He goes with her to the movies, to the theater, to concerts. He said that “on vacation, I’m willing to change roles. Then she’s the center of attention.”
Quest for Perfection: The Roger Federer Story, New Chapter Press, $24.95, by Rene Stauffer. Release date: June 25. Available for pre-sale through www.rogerfedererbook.com.
The fact that Mirka is three years older and is familiar with professional tennis from first-hand experience lends additional stability to the partnership. Since Boris Becker’s career, tennis years have acquired the reputation of being counted in “dog years,” one year multiplied by seven. “Sometimes Roger is like a twelve-year-old but then again, he can be like a 35-year-old,” said Mirka. “It’s not a problem for me that I’m three years older.”
She is not the type who overburdens her boyfriend with unrealistic demands because she knows what it means to be at the top. Above all, she’s terribly proud of him and is therefore willing to make compromises. “I’m not in a big hurry to get married,” she said in 2004. “When I consider that my parents married at 18 and had me at 21 — I can’t imagine that.” She added that she didn’t want to wait until she was 40 to have children “but when I have a child, I want the father to be around to play soccer, hockey and tennis with him or her instead of being away for 40 weeks at tournaments.”
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