Why Stan Wawrinka is Training at Lionel Messi and Neymar’s Home Ground at PSG?

Published 11/11/2021, 5:00 AM EST
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 2: ABN Amro WTT Stan Wawrinka during the ABN Amro WTT at the Ahoy Rotterdam on March 2, 2021 in Rotterdam Netherlands (Photo by Jan Kok/Soccrates/Getty Images)


3-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka is not at his prime right now. However, there was a time when he was one of the favourites to replace the ‘Big Three’ from the pedestal and take their place.

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Stan Wawrinka has not won a Grand Slam title since the US Open 2016. Even though he has caused some great upsets in the sport, many fans believe that the Swiss star lacks consistency.

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Stan Wawrinka is currently training at Lionel Messi and Neymar’s home ground

Currently recovering from a foot injury, Wawrinka is trying his level best to return to the ATP Tour. Interestingly, he is training at Lionel Messi and Neymar’s home grounds in Paris at the moment.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group A – Paris St Germain v RB Leipzig – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – October 19, 2021. Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second goal with Kylian Mbappe REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Even though Wawrinka is not training along with Paris Saint Germain’s (PSG) players like Messi, Mbappe, Neymar, and others, the teams’ doctors and physiotherapists are helping him out. The Swiss player has a connection with Al-Khelaifi, the owner of PSG, and wants to return to the court as soon as possible.

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Besides this, Al-Khelaifi is also the President of the Qatari Tennis Association and director of the ATP tournament in Doha. Surprisingly, he has even represented Qatar as a player in the Davis Cup.

As of now, Wawrinka’s topmost priority is to heal his Achilles tendon. For that, two health professionals of PSG are working day in and out with him.

Wawrinka admits that the past few months have been difficult for him

In an exclusive interview with Aargauerzeitung.ch, Wawrinka revealed that he has been going through a tough time lately. The Swiss player last featured in a match in March, 2021, and has not played any professional tennis after that.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021. Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during his second round match against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. Crowd capacity for this years event has been capped at 30,000 following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“There are many things you don’t know about athletes. About what they are going through. You only ever see the good sides. But it is difficult for many of us, including me,” said Wawrinka in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

Fans hope that Stan Wawrinka recovers soon and returns to the court quickly. Will he be able to make an incredible comeback on the court next year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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