Federer won't change schedule as his family grows

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 9:03 am •  Published: May 13, 2014
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ROME (AP) — Roger Federer's decision to return to tennis a week after the birth of his second set of twins has the full support of his wife Mirka. And don't expect his schedule to change much now that he has four kids.

When the boys were born earlier than expected, Federer consulted with his wife and team about playing the Italian Open.

"And they all said I should quickly come and play here. So I was like, 'OK, if you don't want me around I'll go away,'" Federer recounted Tuesday. "That was basically it.

"Things went well, the boys are healthy. Mirka's good, too," the 17-time Grand Slam champion added. "So it's a great time in our lives right now."

The boys' names are Leo and Lenny.

"Boys names are hard. It was all last minute," Federer said. "Girls, I feel like there's so many nice names and they're all cute but with boys it's totally a different story.

"I miss them a lot already and also the girls," the fourth-ranked Swiss player said. "It's a different type of week but I'll get through it and I hope I can still play some good tennis."

The couple's twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, will turn 5 in July.

"This time around, we kind of know how to handle kids on the road," the 32-year-old Federer said. "I'm aware it's going to be a lot of work but at the same time I know what I'm getting into. So it's something I'm very much looking forward to. ... There will be a long time without any traveling after the tennis is over, so I'm looking forward to the next couple of years now."

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