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Stan Wawrinka: “I'm both very confident and not confident enough”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 26th of May 2014. G. Garcia-Lopez d. S. Wawrinka 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. An interview with Stan Wawrinka

 

Q. Can you talk about the match and how you were feeling on the court.

STAN WAWRINKA: Not as good as I would like, but the match wasn’t good at all. I was trying to find my game, trying to find to be aggressive, trying to find anything, and I didn’t, you know.

For me, it’s not about the game. I don’t have all the answers for why I didn’t play that good. I feel some I need to take a few days off to see exactly what’s happen.

It’s a tough loss, for sure. But it’s like that. Sometimes you need to have some tough one to see exactly where you want to go and how you’re gonna do it.

 

Q. How much did nerves or pressure play into that performance?

STAN WAWRINKA: I was feeling okay. I was practicing well. I was feeling okay with the pressure, for sure. For myself I always put a lot of pressure on myself. But before the match and during the match it was not really about only the pressure.

I think it’s just a different story. Now it’s a different picture for my career. I need to put the puzzle back together, but differently than in the past, because now it’s, after winning Grand Slam, Masters 1000, being No. 3 in the world, everything is different, and I still didn’t find all the pieces.

 

Q. What are some of the things that are different? This is your first slam playing as a slam champion. How does that change your mindset or your preparation at all?

STAN WAWRINKA: The mindset and the preparation was the same, but it’s just that my level is different. So I’m playing so good in the practice, so sometimes in the match I expect more from myself. I’m not happy with small things. With little things, even when I’m playing okay, I’m not really happy because I know how well can I play.

So it’s more about that, the way I’m dealing with that, the way I want to put it together, and find a way how to be happy, how to play well, and how to win matches.

 

Q. Is that something that you’ve talked much to Roger about, sort of how to deal with the process of becoming a big favorite like that?

STAN WAWRINKA: Roger is not my coach, so I don’t…

He has a lot to deal with with his family, with his career, with everything. I’m not talking at all to Roger about that, you know. First, he doesn’t have time and I don’t have time, and I have a good team around me and I think I will be fine.

 

Q. How big of a disappointment is this for you? Were you expecting a lot from yourself this fortnight?

STAN WAWRINKA: It’s a big disappointment, for sure. I’m really sad with that loss, but cannot change. I have to accept. I have to see what was wrong, to see what I want to change, the way I want to do it, and now think about the future and not about that match anymore, because I can’t change the result.

For sure I would have loved to have won, to win a lot of matches here, but it’s not for this year. So now I need to think about the rest of the year. Not only the grass court season, but also the rest of all the year, because it’s still a lot to play and we will see.

 

Q. What did Magnus tell you before, during, and after the match?

STAN WAWRINKA: Before the match, we talked about the match, Magnus and I, as usual we talked about my opponent, how we would play. And then the story is not as funny, but we had a discussion, but I think we will have further discussions in the upcoming days.

 

Q. You said you are not at the level of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer. Does it mean that you understand the pressure they can feel when they walk on big tournaments year after year?

STAN WAWRINKA: No, not today. But since I won a slam, I realized that what they have been doing for years is just incredible. I think everyone knows it, but sometimes you don’t actually realize how difficult it is to do what they do, because sometimes journalists are sometimes tired to see them in final, especially Federer, because he’s been in so many finals for so many years.

But come on, it’s fabulous. And I know that I’m not at their level, because I didn’t win my first Grand Slam at the age of 20 like they did. I was 29. So things are different, and now I need to find a way to put the pieces back together for the end of the season, and tonight it’s a difficult loss.

I thought I had everything I needed to play a beautiful Roland Garros, but so far I had a very beautiful beginning of season, but I always want to have more and you’re never happy when you lose.

 

Q. You’re not back to the level you had in Australia? Are you afraid you might never get back to that level?

STAN WAWRINKA: No, I’m not afraid. Well, it’s difficult to have all the answers to your questions right now, but I’m both very confident and not confident enough.

I don’t want to walk on the court playing overly confident. What I’m saying is a bit messy, but I have to think about it.

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‘Coronabros Stay In Your Basement’ – John Isner Plays Down Concerns Over COVID-19 Threat

The world No.21 believes players have to ‘learn and adapt’ to the virus.

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America’s top tennis player have said the world ‘can’t come to a complete standstill’ due to the Coronavirus pandemic as he hit back at criticism concerning an upcoming exhibition tournament he is participating in.

 

John Isner weighed in on the debate following a comment from freelance writer Ben Rothenberg whom on Twitter voiced concerns that Atlanta and West Virginia is staging tennis events with crowds despite a rise in cases. The world No.21 is set to play in the DraftKings All-American Team Cup in Atlanta, which will feature the eight top male players in the country. Officials plan to allow 450 people to attend the event on each day, which is estimated to be around 30% of the stadium’s maximum capacity.

“Ben, your concerns are valid, but, as someone who covers our sport for a living it would be nice if you would be supportive of WTT and Atlanta with their efforts to put on safe events instead of posting spooky headlines like this one that are factually incorrect,” Isner said making reference to an article Rothenberg posted.

Other Twitter users have also questioned the decision to allow fans to attend the event. Georgia, which is the state Atlanta is in, officially reported 2946 daily cases of the virus on July 1st. The highest amount within 24 hours since the pandemic began. Furthermore, Reuters News Agency reports that there was a record rise of more than 47,000 cases on Tuesday in America.

Nevertheless, Isner has dismissed calls for the event to be held behind closed doors or even cancelled. Branding his online critics as ‘coronabros’ before saying he wants to go on and live his life.

“You coronabros can stay in your basement all you want. I choose to live my life and play/promote the sport I love in a safe manner,” he said.

Unsurprisingly Isner has now been accused of downplaying the severity of the virus, which has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide. Including 130,000 in his home country alone. Challenged by one Twitter user who said she lost a family member due to the virus, Isner replied:-

“I’m incredibly sorry to hear that. I, in no way, was downplaying the effect of the virus, but I understand that perception can be reality.”

It is not fully understood by what he means with the phrase ‘perception is a reality’. Although he did like one tweet which said ‘the virus is much less lethal than the first models predicted. It’s now close to the flu.’ Although some medical experts have a differnt view on the perspective. White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has recently said the virus is “very different” from other outbreaks such as Ebola and HIV.

“We may not have a vaccine for a while and the world can’t come to a complete standstill. The reality is, we are going to have to learn and adapt to this virus in the safest manner possible,” he says.

The DraftKings All-American Team Cup in Atlanta will take place this weekend.

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Liverpool Ace Van Dijk Sees Similarities Between Him And Roger Federer

The Swiss Maestro has been praised for his seemingly effortless approach to the sport.

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Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk says he believes his approach to football is similar to that of Roger Federer in tennis.

 

In a recent interview the 28-year-old admitted that he can be perceived as laid back by some people whilst playing. Van Dijk recently helped Liverpool lift the Premier League title for the first time since 1990. The Dutch centre-back has scored four goals during the 2019-2020 Premier League season so far and was also part of the team which won the UEFA Champions League title last year.

Addressing his style of play on the pitch, Van Dijk said he has partly modelled his approach on the demeanour of Federer. Who currently holds the record for most Grand Slam titles won and weeks spent at No.1 on the ATP Tour.

“I have naturally always been a bit laid back, the way I look and the way my presence is,” The Express quoted him as saying.
“I think a good example is in tennis if you watch Federer playing tennis.
“It looks like he’s not even putting in any work and it can frustrate opponents as well thinking they’re trying as hard as they can and your putting on the slippers for example.”

Van Dijk isn’t the first Liverpool player to pay tribute to Federer. During the Swiss Indoors last October winger Xherdan Shaqiri said he can learn ‘so much’ from the world No.4. Shaqiri is also from Switzerland and started his career playing for FC Basel, which has been Federer’s favourite football club since he was a child.

“He’s here at home in Basel, then he’s running well and he’s winning. It went very fast and I’m happy for him,” Shaqiri commented on Federer’s win over Peter Gojowczyk at the Swiss Indoors last year.
“He is no longer the youngest and still plays at a top level, because you can look a lot off.”

Federer will not play any more professional tournaments this year after undergoing a second surgical procedure on his right knee within the last six months. The first was in February. Although he has pledged to return to action in 2021 when he will be 39-years-old.

It is only the second time in his career that Federer has ended a season half way through due to injury.

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Nick Kyrgios Blasts ‘Selfish’ Zverev Over Viral Party Video

The world No.7 has been blasted for breaking his pledge to self-isolate after playing in the Adria Tour where a series of players and coaches tested positive for COVID-19.

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has hit out at Alexander Zverev and the wider tennis community after it emerged on Sunday the German broke his self-isolation pledge to attend a party.

 

The world No.7 was caught attending a party at the Anjuna Plage Private Club in southern France after a video of him surfaced on the Instagram story of millionaire fashion designer Philipp Plein. Two other Instagram accounts also showed Zverev at the event on Sunday afternoon. The German issued a statement less than a week prior saying that he would go into a period of self-isolation after attending the Adria Tour in Zadar. Where Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19. According to standard medical advice, those who have been in close contact with people with the virus should self-isolate for 14 days to avoid potentially spreading it.

“I will proceed to follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors. As an added precaution, my team and I will continue with regular testing,” the world No.7 said in a statement last Monday.

Zverev’s video sparked a series of criticism on social media, but Nick Kyrgios is by far the most well known figure in the sport to have spoken out. Releasing an Instagram video, the former top 20 player slammed the behaviour of his rival. Accusing him of being selfish before adding the tennis world was ‘pi**ing him off.’ During the Adria Tour players were seen attending parties and engaging with members of the public which was allowed under local laws.

“So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world. But one that stuck out for me was seeing (Alexander) Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be? How selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said on Instagram.
“I mean, if you have the audacity to put out a f—ing tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you are going to self isolate for 14 days and apologising to f—ing general public for putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days. My god.
“Have your girlfriend with you for f—ing 14 days. Jesus, man. It pisses me off. This tennis world pisses me off. How selfish can you all get?”

Kyrgios isn’t the only player to criticise Zverev. Saschia Vickery wrote on Twitter ‘risking lives to dance off beat with no rhythm around hundreds of people how is this real life?’ and British player Katie Boulter said she was ‘speechless.’ Meanwhile, Noah Rubin wrote ‘we are far from being ok’ in reference in Zverev’s video.

French player Lucas Pouille was also spotted at the same party as Zverev. However, he didn’t play on the Adria Tour and has not been self-isolating. He recently withdrew from the United Tennis Showdown (UTS) due to injury.

Neither Zverev or a member of his team have commented on the video so far.

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