No tennis career for Federer’s daughters

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Roger Federer isn't relishing the prospect of following his daughters if they take up tennis

If genes have anything to with it, there is every chance that Roger Federer’s twin daughters will end up being pretty good tennis players.

But that doesn’t mean their famous dad is desperate to see them follow in his sporting footsteps.

Far from it.

“It’s 40 years straight on the tennis tour that doesn’t excite me,” the 17-time major champion said after he saw off the challenge of Alexander Dolgopolov in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

“I think that’s what it would be.

“Also, 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.”

The question was posed after six-year-old twins Myla and Charlene were filmed reading books in the players’ box rather than watching their dad dissect Dolgopolov.

“I will support them all the way, whatever they want to do, but I don’t see myself doing that right now,” said Federer.

“I’d rather support them in another sport – go see them be a super skier.

“That would be exciting.

“But to go watch tennis matches – I don’t know.”

Even if the daughters of Federer and former WTA tour player Mirka Vavrinec don’t end up playing tennis for a living, there’s always the chance that their one-year-old brothers Leo and Lenny might make it their career of choice.

So Federer’s not necessarily off the hook just yet.

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