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Roger Federer: Twins Prefer Dolls to Tennis Rackets

09/06/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
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Roger Federer may be known as one of the world’s best tennis players, but that doesn’t faze his 2-year-old identical twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.

“They will pick up their doll instead of a tennis racket and be happy with that,” Federer, 30, told PEOPLE at Saturday’s US Open press conference in New York after defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia.

“They try hard [with a racket] but they get discouraged after 30 seconds. They don’t try to imitate me either.”

For now, the Swiss player’s girls would rather splish and splash in the swimming pool than take up Dad’s job.

“They love swimming and I’m happy to see them enjoy sports,” says Federer. “Maybe in the next six months, I think there’s going to be a lot of changes. They will be more into activities.”

However, if the twins grow up wanting to follow his and wife Mirka Vavrinec Federer‘s footsteps, the tennis ace says they will have his full support — but not right now.

“I won’t say no,” Federer notes. “But at the moment, they aren’t going to be. Maybe swimmers!”

– Paul Chi

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Melissa on

He looks a lot like Jeff Gordon.

Riley on

Jeff Gordon wishes he looked that good

Abby on

Gosh dang he is ugly

Corrie on

Riley, your comment made me LOL. And I’m not even a tennis fan, but I do like him. :)

pat graham on

Actually, put a pic of Quentin Tarantino next to RF and they are twins. LOL LOL Gaggggg!!!!

LM on

Bad picture of him. Usually he looks much better.

Suzy on

Abby, it is better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

Manal from Jordan! on

His daughters look like him!

JungleCat on

He’s a good-looking guy.

Irish on

The kids are two years old! Sheesh. Give them a break – they have to start playing tennis already?!

cheryl on

Suzy, we are all entitled to an opinion and mine is that he is ugly

Simone on

even though we are entitled to our own opinion..Suzy that was funny..futhermore sometimes if you dont have anything nice to say keep your thoughts to yourself!!!

abigail on

cheryl, would you like random strangers making unkind value judgments on your appearance? You’re entitled to an opinion, but most people, short of getting under a scalpel, cannot help what they look like.

Also, he’s a tennis player, and doesn’t purport to be an Adonis.

I suppose it’s easy enough to hurl insults, from the cowardly anonymity of the internet. Just my opinion.

Franziska on

I think Roger is very beautiful man, very nice looking. He has lovely european look.

Sonja on

U guyz who r insulting his looks are absolutely stupid and obviously blind!! He is super hot and really good looking! and Besides do I even have to get started on his achievements which add to his charm? I didn’t think so!

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