Melbourne: Roger Federer has no plans to coerce his children into being tennis players and would rather they played another sport. Federer said he could not see any of his four kids playing at a future Australian Open.
Mirka Federer with one of her children during the 2013 US Open in New York. Pic/Getty Images
Federer and his former tennis-playing wife Mirka have two sets of twins, six-year-old girls Myla Rose and Charlene Riva and one-year-old boys Leo and Lenny.
But despite his love for the sport as well as accumulating almost $100 million in career prize money, Federer has no ambitions of becoming a tennis dad to his youngsters.
"They don't necessarily love it the way I did. So that's why, for me, it's quite obvious that it's not going to happen," Federer said yesterday.
"They are going to tennis lessons because daddy says so because I think it's a good thing for them. It's a great sport to learn how to lose, to win, to figure it out, for friendship, discipline, you name it.
For hand/eye coordination. I only think good things about it," he said.