Federer’s 6-year-old girls taking tennis lessons, but he hopes they quit

Roger Federer advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.


MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer says his 6-year-old twin daughters, Myla and Charlene, have started taking tennis lessons, but the sport’s great ambassador doesn’t necessarily hope they follow in his footsteps someday. "I’m happy if they won’t end up being on this court, actually," Federer said after his second-round win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

"I’d rather support them in another sport. Go see them be a super skier. That would be exciting."

Part of the reason is he can’t see himself sitting in the player’s box watching his daughters’ matches after he retires.

"I think it’s 40 years on the tennis tour that doesn’t excite me, you know," he said with a laugh. "I will support them all the way whatever they want to do, but I don’t see myself doing that right now."