#HappyFathersDay: These iconic tennis dads and their kids melt our hearts

Sunday, Jun 17

Father’s Day is an opportunity to tell your dad how much you appreciate him. Write him a card, play him on the courts, or take him to dinner — either way, he’s bound to love it because he’s your dad!

Today we are sending out our appreciation to all the amazing fathers out there, some of whom happen to be the most successful tennis athletes on tour!

Roger Federer

The 19-time Grand Slam champion — or as many of us know him, the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) — is also a father of four children… identical twin daughters and identical twin sons! They stole the show at last year’s Wimbledon tournament, where the adorable family was decked out from head to toe and had everyone saying “aw” as they waved to the camera.

Federer told the BBC after winning the tournament, “They have no clue what’s going on, they think this is probably a nice view and a nice playground but it’s not quite like that here, so one day, hopefully, they’ll understand. But it’s very special.”


In fact, Federer was right, it was very special because there’s nothing greater than sharing your most monumental moments with the people you love.

However, young Federer wasn’t always the calm player we know him to be today. During his early years of tennis, he played with his father and was temperamental on the courts.

Robert Federer would get frustrated, and as Roger claimed to the Australian news, “He said, ‘I don’t enjoy playing with you like that.'” The result of his actions on the court led to his father leaving 5 Swiss francs on the bench and telling him he was leaving, and that he would see Roger at home.

I know what you’re all thinking, he didn’t really leave his son there… Oh, but he did!

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The tough love was needed for young Federer to realize his actions on the court were just as important as how well he hit his forehand.

Just look at Federer now – the grace, respect, and calmness he obtains on the courts all goes back to that moment he shared with his dad on courts.

Novak Djokovic

The 12-time Grand Slam winner and his wife Jelena are proud parents of two! During last September of 2017, the lucky father welcomed his new daughter, Tara, into the world.

We can’t get over this adorable post by Djokovic! He shared a close-up picture of Tara’s tiny little hand, next to his palm, his wife’s and their son Stefan’s. He definitely knows how to make our hearts warm.

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Very happy and proud to welcome our little girl Tara to our home. Jelena and I have been hand in hand on this journey and as a man, I have to send my love and admiration to every single women out there for going through so much pain and effort to create life, to bring life and raise a human being… what a blessing to have an opportunity to be a parent! Thank you for celebrating the birth of my daughter and sending my family all the love and best wishes in the past few days. On behalf of me and Jelena, I want to say thank you! We are back from hospital, Jelena and Tara are my angels, and Stefan is a proud big brother who wants to take part in baby chores 🙂 Life is divine! 😇🎉❤️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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Did anyone else tear a little reading that?

After the birth of Tara, Novak and Jelena made the most of their family time. In December 2017, the champion took a break from competitive tennis for the year, announcing on a Facebook post he was suffering from his ongoing elbow injury. It was not an easy decision for the player, but he tried to look at the positive side.

“I believe that everything in life happens for a reason. I’ll use this time as best as I can to spend quality time with my family.”

Can never have too much time with family!

Daniel Nestor

The Canadian doubles champion has been as fine as any tennis player in the history of this country! Roger Federer told Sportsnet in 2014, “He’s been so successful, he’s achieved everything he ever wanted to and more,” and we couldn’t agree more.

Aside from tennis, he’s a father of two beautiful girls, Tiana and Bianca, and they’re definitely daddy’s little girls! Right before last year’s Davis Cup in Edmonton, Nestor had a more difficult time leaving.

Tiana grabbed her father extra tight and told him, “I’m going to be looking up at the sky missing you.”

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The 45-year old revealed this year, 2018, will be his last season on the professional tennis tour. Daniel Nestor is retiring!

He plans to play an unbelievable 30th Rogers Cup in August, in his hometown of Toronto, and we can’t wait to see him. This is definitely going to be a moment to remember for Canada and his family!

By then, his daughters will have Nestor as a full-time dad, and have him take them to school every day.

In an interview with Sportsnet, he said,

“It will be nice to be home full-time and help out, and not have to deal with saying goodbye to them all the time. Help the kids grow and mature into hopefully successful adults.”

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With the assumption that his family will soon get sick of him being around more often, Nestor laughs and reassures us of his parenting skills.

“I’m going to get them out on the (tennis) court as much as I can, make sure their homework is done on time and that iPad is as far away from them as possible during the school week.”

We wish the best for Nestor and his family as he continues to spend more time with his family!

A very Happy Father’s day to all the proud and lucky dads out there – today we celebrate you!