“Take the Positive Out of Everything”: Stan Wawrinka on Suspension of Tennis

Published 12/25/2020, 1:53 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The 3-time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka, has been suffering from lingering knee injuries over the last few years. Wawrinka started the 2020 season on a promising note by making the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, his best result since 2017. However, the Swiss tennis star is still struggling to find his best form to end his 3-year long title drought.

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Recently, during an interview, the host complimented Wawrinka on his apéritif sessions with Benoit Paire on Instagram live during the coronavirus lockdown. The former World No. 3 was asked to talk about his experience during the tour’s 6-month long suspension.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during his third round match against France’s Hugo Gaston REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Stan Wawrinka: The lockdown dairies

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After acknowledging people’s hardships during the global crisis, Wawrinka talked about looking at the positives in every circumstance. During the interaction, he revealed that being at home was a magnificent period for him because he found more time to devote to his daughter.

“I tried to take the positive out of everything that was going on. Being forced to stay at home has been a hardship for most people. Me, I spend my life traveling. So being at home, having more time to spend with my daughter, yes, it was a pleasure,” said Wawrinka.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during his third round match against France’s Hugo Gaston REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Wawrinka played the role of a doting father by taking care of his daughter and helping her with homework. Usually constantly traveling to compete at different tournaments, Wawrinka finally got a chance to stay home for an extended period because of the coronavirus induced lockdown.

Preparing for the 2021 Australian Open during the ongoing off-season, Wawrinka will aim to improve upon his performances at the Grand Slam events. Wawrinka won at Melbourne Park in 2014 by defeating Rafael Nadal in the final.

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Interestingly, Wawrinka will train alongside Nadal, Diego Schwartzman, and Jannik Sinner during the two-week quarantine period before the start of the Australian Open.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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