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Fri, 11 Jan, 2019Courtney Allan

The surprise matchmaker behind Roger Federer and wife Mirka's first kiss

The surprise matchmaker behind Roger Federer and wife Mirka's first kiss

Although tennis superstar Roger Federer exudes class and confidence, that’s not the way it’s always been.

The 20 time Grand Slam winner revealed just how awkward his first kiss was with his now wife, Mirka Federer.

It happened in Australia, during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

"We were both playing for Switzerland in tennis," Federer remembered, "and then we spent two weeks together in those dorms.

“We were together with the wrestlers and all the other cool athletes. I guess over the two weeks, we built up some chemistry."

It turns out that the other “cool athletes” might’ve had an idea as to the budding chemistry, and it came to a head when one of them suggested that Federer makes a move.

"He said, 'Hey, kiss her now.'"

Federer giggles: "And I'm like, 'No, I don't know, maybe, should I?' So, anyway, I did."

As he was hyperaware of the age difference between them (it’s only three years, but when you’re a teenager, it can feel like 10!), Federer tried to beef up the age difference.

"She told me I was so young when she kissed me. I tried to tell her I was almost 18-and-a-half. I tried to sneak in a quarter year."

Mirka mustn’t have seemed to mind too much, as the pair have been married since 2009. The happy couple now have two sets of twins, eight-year-old girls, Charlene and Myla, as well as four-year-old boys Lenny and Leo, and the happy family keeps a low profile.

Do you remember your first kiss with your partner? Was it as smooth as Federers’? Let us know in the comments below.