“Disappointed”: Stan Wawrinka’s Coach on Unplayable Conditions at Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/22/2021, 9:00 AM EST
Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates match point after his First Round Singles Match against Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day Three of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Three-time Grand Slam winner, Stan Wawrinka, surely has left a mark on tennis. During the 2014-2016 seasons, the man hailing from Switzerland won three Grand Slam titles at three different venues. 

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His first was at the Australian Open 2014, where he beat Rafael Nadal in the final. After this, he won at Roland Garros in 2015, where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final. And finally, he beat the Serbian ace again to win the US Open in 2016. Interestingly, this was the period during which his fellow compatriot Roger Federer failed to lift a single major. 

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates the second set point against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their Men’s Singles Final Match on Day Fourteen of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In this new season, players are training in their rooms, ahead of the Australian Open 2021. Players are living in a bubble and conditions have been different compared to the previous years. Recently, Stan Wawrinka’s coach, Daniel Valluverdu, spoke on the conditions of the players currently living in isolation. 

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Stan Wawrinka’s Coach: Players are not complaining about quarantine

The coach spoke on this issue and stated, “I know the players are not complaining about the hard quarantine, that’s not the issue. The issue for the players is that they have made the trip to Australia to perform as an athlete and perform at one of the biggest sporting events in the world. And that’s their job to be prepared to do that. So I think they are just disappointed they are not able to prepare.”

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“By spending 14 days in the room, that gets taken away, so I can understand how that’s disappointing and how there are, yeah, some negative comments about it. To have to sit in a room, having tested negative, but look, the health officials decided that’s what’s the safest option for everyone and for Australians, so we’ll have to accept it.”

Daniel has coached some of the big names in the sport. He has coached Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov, and Juan Martin del Potro in the past. 

Coming to Stan, the past couple of seasons have not been the best for the Swiss player, and so the 2014 Australian Open champion has trained hard during the offseason. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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