Newly-crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka is trying to do what few have done, win at Roland Garros and then at Wimbledon.
Wawrinka, who lost to Kevin Anderson at Queen’s second round, say despite his lack of grass experience he’s ready to succeed on the surface.
“I’m happy with what I did two weeks ago,” Wawrinka said. “No, I feel great. For sure, a lot of confidence in my game. I feel great on the practice court. That’s it. But since few days, I have to focus on the next one, on Wimbledon, starting Monday, trying to be ready for that. I’ve been practicing quite good since two weeks now, since I arrive for the Queen’s. I’m happy with the way I got my preparation.”
Even with two Slams the last two years – the same as Novak Djokovic – Wawrinka still won’t put himself in the elite category.
“Because first, I’m not trying to compare myself with them,” Wawrinka said. “I think what they’ve achieved in the past 10 years, it’s amazing. They’ve been winning everything, again, since more than 10 years. That’s the only reason why I’m not putting myself there. They did much more than what I did.”
Wawrinka begins play on Monday against Joao Sousa.
“Every year it’s been better for me,” Wawrinka said of his grass game. “I think since three years now, I feel really good. Last year I find the way how to play my best tennis. Playing [a] great tournament, losing to Roger in quarters. I was happy with the way I was playing in general.”
And Wawrinka commented about his upcoming appearance in ESPN’s Body Issue, saying, “It was a great experience. It was a great challenge for me. Took me a while to accept it. It was interesting shooting. It was different. I did it because they do it in a good way. They want to put athlete first, sport first, sport body. I think in general they find a good way to do some nice picture. That’s the only reason why I accepted.”
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