Annacone regrets that Federer's wife Mirka doesn't get enough credit

The former coach of the Swiss legend analyzed Mirka's influence on the career of the 20-time Slam winner

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Annacone regrets that Federer's wife Mirka doesn't get enough credit
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Behind a great man there is always a great woman. It's the nature of things, and it's like this for everyone, even for me (what would I do without Chiara, my other half, who supports me on every occasion?). The same goes for public figures, such as athletes.

In tennis she counts even more, being an individual sport. And Roger Federer's former coach, Paul Annacone, regretted that the influence Mirka had on Roger Federer's life and career had not received enough credit. Mirka and Roger married on April 11, 2009 and have four children together: the twins Charlene, Myla and twins Leo and Lenny.

Annacone, in the Keith Fraser and John Lloyd's Rock n Roll Tennis podcast, underlined how Mirka deserves further recognition for the impact she had on Federer's career, highlighting how the woman has often been too underestimated.

"Mirka doesn't get enough credit. She's amazing and she's someone that understood tennis and understands her husband well. And not only with the tennis player but also with who, like him, became as an icon. Federer had a great team around him.

Tony Godsick was awesome , but we have to say it's incredible that Mirka managed all that. Roger had an exceptional team: without Severin Luthi and Pierre Paganini, it would have been tough," explained Annacone.

And now that he can enjoy life with his family without tennis, how does Federer keep in shape?

A few weeks ago, in an interview with the official ATP website, Federer told how he is experiencing this new phase of his life without tennis. "I tried to go to the gym four times a week but it's not easy and I can't do it continuously.

At home I bought some machines to train, I did it only a week after the Laver Cup last year. I have had a gym for some time but usually never used it. Since I officially retired I have to use it somehow. I don't play a lot of tennis and I don't do a lot of physical activity, so I have to watch everything I eat.

In the next few years I would still like to do some performances and for this I want to keep fit. I do everything: both cardio and weights, in the end I have to be careful. The less you move the more your body hurts, so I think it's always good to keep moving. It sure makes me feel better," explained the Swiss icon.