“No One Knows How The Situation Will Evolve There” – Stan Wawrinka Raises Concerns Over US Open

Published 07/16/2020, 5:19 PM EDT
Stan Wawrinka


Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka is enjoying his prolonged vacation from the ATP Tour for the first time in his career. These days, Wawrinka has got ample time to spend with his daughter and help her with school work. Simultaneously, he was training to keep himself fit for tennis. 

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The Swiss star reflected on the resumption of the tennis tour. The season is set to restart in mid-August, and the US Open is scheduled as per its usual plan. However, the present situation in New York drives the former champion skeptical regarding the American Slam.

“I have chosen to plan my training program according to this date. Because, at some point, we are forced to re-fix a deadline, even if nothing is certain. The United States is still in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis and no one knows how the situation will evolve there,” Stan Wawrinka told L’Illustré.

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Stan Wawrinka elaborates on US Open

Also, the tournament will be taking place without any spectators and strict regulations have been also imposed. “We’re talking about behind closed doors, playing Cincinnati and the US Open in the same place, housing players in one hotel. But we all know there is still a lot that can happen. As athletes, we are used to adapt,” he added.

Players haven’t played any professional matches since February. It will be difficult for most of them to adapt to the tour, once again, after their extended hiatus.

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Nevertheless, Stan Wawrinka terms it to be part of the game. And players do have to adapt to different conditions every now and then in their careers. 

“But besides these times, we spend a lot of time waiting (referring to the resumption of the tour). Adaptation is an integral part of a tennis player’s life. We change every week the city, the surface, the tournament, the hours, the playing conditions,” Wawrinka reflected. (Quotes have been translated)

Stan Wawrinka

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In 2020, Stan reached the last-four round in Qatar, quarters at Australian and Mexican Open. Since his comeback in the year 2018, after curing his knee issues, the Lausanne-born tennis ace, Wawrinka, is yet to claim an ATP title.

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