Federer Pulls Out of Madrid as Wife Gives Birth to Twins

Seventeen-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer intends to play the French Open after his wife gave birth to a second set of twins.

“Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening!” Federer said on his Facebook page yesterday. “Twins again..miracle!”

Tony Godsick, Federer’s long-time agent, said in an e-mail today that Federer “plans on playing the French Open,” which starts May 25 at Roland Garros in Paris. The 32-year Swiss won the tournament in 2009.

Federer had been scheduled to tune up for the clay-court Grand Slam by playing in the Madrid Masters this week and in Rome next week. He pulled out of Madrid yesterday to be with his wife.

Federer has yet to decide whether he’ll play Rome, Godsick said.

Godsick added Federer “has been practicing and training during the last weeks so I am sure he will see how everything is with Mirka and his sons before taking a final decision on Rome.”

Federer, ranked fourth on the men’s tour, and his wife, herself a former tennis pro, had twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, in July 2009.

Federer, who has frequently told reporters he wants to keep playing until at least the 2016 Rio Olympics, hasn’t missed a Grand Slam championship since 2000.

Now coached by former Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg, Federer this season made the semifinals of the Australian Open and won a hard-court event in Dubai. He was also a runner-up to compatriot and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka last month on clay in Monte Carlo.

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