Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. Stanislas Wawrinka: “I'm just trying to take tournament after tournament. That's the only way to improve, to make more points.” - UBITENNIS
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Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. Stanislas Wawrinka: “I'm just trying to take tournament after tournament. That's the only way to improve, to make more points.”



TENNIS Mutua Madrid Open 2014 – An interview with Stanislas Wawrinka.

Q. You’ve had a very successful year so far. Are you coming into Madrid with a different feeling?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, I’m happy with the start of the year. For sure couldn’t be better for me playing like this, winning three tournaments already.

No, I’m coming here with a lot of confidence, but every tournament, it’s different. Here it’s flying, a little bit altitude, and it’s never easy to play, especially at the beginning of the tournament.

But I’m happy to be back, because I played the final last year. It’s a great event. I always enjoy to come back here, to play here. I’m looking forward for the first match.

Q. Because of the altitude is the reason why you were practicing that often? I saw you were practicing twice a day.

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: When you’re a tennis player, you have to practice to improve. That’s what I’m doing. I came here early to get ready for the tournament, to get ready here because I want to play well here.

No, I’m just practicing a lot because I still try to improve my game, still try to play better tennis. That’s the only way, to go back on the practice court and practice with your coach.

Q. You’re first in ATP rankings. What chances do you think you have to go to first in the world, or it’s even a goal?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, it’s not my goal so far. I’m still far away from Novak and Rafa. I’m not looking for that at all. I’m just trying to take tournament after tournament. That’s the only way to improve, to make more points.

That’s what I’m doing. I know that every match are difficult. I know that I’m playing my best game. I know that I can beat all the players. But have to do it on every matches. It’s really tough, so I’m just trying to play well and to be ready for every tournament.

Q. What are you doing better than other players to be competing for the grand titles with a one‑handed backhand when there are not as many, if you don’t count Federer obviously. What are you doing differently. Why can you take Nadal’s forehand for example, against your backhand?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, my backhand is really good since many years. I’m playing really hard for the backhand side. I can mix with the long line, with the cross, with the short cross. I can play hard even from far behind the line.

I don’t know, it’s just that I feel really good on that side. I think I have the power to play that one‑handed backhand.

Q. You just said that you felt that you were still a little way behind Rafa and Novak. What do you feel you need to improve in your game? We’ve seen this with Andy Murray. There was a lot of talk that he couldn’t, but then he did. What do you think you need to do to get up to that level?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, I have a lot of place for improvement in my game, and I’m trying every day to find solution to improve.

But so far what I need to do is to keep my level during every tournament. You know, since the beginning of the year I won three tournaments over five. I won a Grand Slam, Masters 1000, so that’s mean I’m doing the right thing.

But I need to do it all the year if I want to be in the better place in the ranking.

Q. Just like to ask about the Davis Cup. You’re the No. 1 in Switzerland. Does that give you more pressure, and do you think you can win to this year?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, Davis Cup this year is even more special because Roger is playing. We all know that when he’s in the team you have a strong team. That’s what happened this year. We are qualified for the semifinal, playing at home, against Italy. We’re favorite on the paper, but it’s always tough and different in Davis Cup.

For me to be No. 1 in the ranking doesn’t change, because I always feel that I’m No. 2 after Roger. It’s just that when you see that I am No. 1 and he is No. 2, it means we have a really strong team. But we’ll see.

Next tie is in September. We have time and a lot of tournament to play and focus on. We are going to be ready for September.



Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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