Despite Enjoying a Season of Resurgence, Stan Wawrinka Reveals ‘Broken’ Reality Behind All the Success

Published 10/25/2023, 4:27 PM EDT

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Swiss tennis star, Stan Wawrinka, has seen massive ups and downs in his tennis career. Known to be a big-match player, he has gone on to win three Grand Slam titles. However, a few years back, his career came to a standstill as he suffered grueling injury setbacks. He was away from action for close to a year because of severe injuries. Nonetheless, he showed tremendous resilience to come back stronger. As Wawrinka achieved his best feat in recent years, he made a saddening confession.

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The 38-year-old achieved his best ranking of 45 in over two years after making a comeback. Let’s find out what he said as the season nears its end.

Stan Wawrinka doesn’t feel he is in the best of shape

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The three-time Grand Slam champion is currently in his home country where he’s playing in the Swiss Indoors in Basel. However, his run at the tournament ended in a disappointing fashion. Wawrinka went down fighting against qualifier Alexander Shevchenko in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (8).

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Following his defeat, he made a saddening confession about his body and health. Wawrinka said, “I feel that for the past few weeks, I have been very tired, broken even. After Astana, there were two or three times when I wanted to work but I couldn’t because I was too tired.”

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Further, he went on to add, “I feel like I’m paying back for all the efforts I’ve made since returning from injury. I really wanted to get back to a certain level & I had to push myself as much as possible to do that.”

This tennis season has indeed been very grueling. Even Wawrinka’s coach talked about the downside of it and how it is affecting players’ mental health.

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Wawrinka’s coach blasts poor scheduling of tournaments

Earlier this year, Wawrinka’s coach, Magnus Norman, made a worrying revelation on the scheduling of the tournaments. He was especially concerned by the players’ mental health taking a toll because of this hectic schedule.

Talking about it, he said, “Masters 1000 from 7 to 10 days. Grand Slam from 14 to 15 days. Tennis just adds more and more. 25 years ago topic among players was IW and Miami too long of a swing. Worried about players’ physical and perhaps even more mental health.”

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With his disappointing defeat in Basel, Wawrinka will next be seen in action at the Paris Masters. Can he come back stronger in the upcoming tournaments? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a die hard fan of tennis and is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude. Vatsal has completed an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management.
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