“It’s Going To Be The Only Option” – Stan Wawrinka on Playing Behind Closed Doors

Published 05/28/2020, 6:40 PM EDT


World Number 17 Stan Wawrinka began his 2020 season by reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. He has been enjoying the suspension period of the tennis tour to his fullest and will begin with his training sessions in the month of June.

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With the lockdowns easing down, resumption of the tennis has been one of the topics of discussions. Even if the tour resumes, the organizers will be forced to hold the tournaments behind closed doors. It is due to the new norms of social distancing which prevents the spread of the virus from one human being to another.

Also, three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka feels its the only viable option to restart the game amid these weird times of pandemic. 

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“It’s clear that I will miss the public. Right now, in my opinion, we have to start resuming the tournaments without public, it’s going to be the only option. I think, if we have the possibility of playing tournaments, even without an audience, it is already a positive sign. For the fans and players, also for the organization,” Wawrinka told RTS Sport.

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Stan Wawrinka refuses Novak Djokovic

Wawrinka hasn’t started practicing tennis on full swing. The Swiss star is taking it slow, recently he has been arduously on his working fitness.

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Next month, Novak Djokovic will be playing at the Adria Tour in his home country of Serbia, and he invited Wawrinka for the same. But, Stan is not willing to take any injury risks at this point in time, and hence he turned down Novak’s offer. Also, he admitted saying that he’s not in good shape.

“I had a lot of offers to play in Switzerland, abroad, but also in Serbia with the initiative of Novak. For the moment, I haven’t completely resumed tennis. From June, I will resume playing and training with more intensity. My vision is that as long as I’m not in shape to be able to make matches, I don’t want to play, to take risks like that of injuring myself,” he added.

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Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka last won a title at Geneva Open 2017, and last year, he reached the finals in Rotterdam and Antwerp.

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