13 Mar 2009

Federer to become a father

9:28 am on 13 March 2009

The world number two tennis player Roger Federer has announced he is to become a father for the first time.

The 27-year-old Swiss says his girlgfriend Mirka Vavrinec is pregnant and they will be parents in the second half of this year.

Federer, who is currently playing an ATP tournament in Indian Wells, says the couple are so very happy to be starting a family.

Federer and Vavrinec met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.