Stan Wawrinka: "I am having an extraordinary career"
Two Grand Slam titles, one Davis Cup title, the Olympic gold medal, a victory at the Masters 1000, victorious at three ATP-500 and seven ATP-250 events: Stan Wawrinka can look back on fantastic moments on the tennis court. “I am having an extraordinary career” he said proudly last summer.
On the road to his first Major title in Melbourne in 2014, he became the first player to beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam. In the spring of 2015 the “Vaudois” showed how much tennis is in him and crowned himself Champion of Roland Garros, denying Novak Djokovic his “Career-Grand-Slam”. The title in Paris is the reward for a player, which was simply irresistible during the two weeks of Roland Garros. Even Novak Djokovic was forced to move away from his favorite position on the baseline due to the powerful game of Stan Wawrinka. “Forcing him to move backwards is the key to beat him,” said Stan, adding that in the final: “I realized that during the last game of the first set. Although I lost that game, it was that moment when the penny dropped!”
The current French Open Champion will take again the role of Ambassador of the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. In times when ATP 250 events are very difficult to establish at a new Venue, Stan Wawrinka became very precious for the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. His commitment to Geneva for 3 years, will make the tournament grow and not only become an unmissable Event in Geneva, but throughout Switzerland.
In his first appearance at the inaugural Geneva Open, Stan was facing extreme weather conditions and very strong opponents. In the Quarterfinals he battled an incredibly well playing Federico Delbonis. The cold wind blowing over one the most beautiful venues on the ATP WORLD TOUR decreased the chances for “Stan the Man” to beat the tricky lefty from Argentina. At long last Delbonis fought down the “Stanimal” in three intense sets.
Deeply disappointed by this defeat, Stan vowed to do better this year. In the long list of victories an ATP title at home in Switzerland is still missing. Our ambassador desires to share the same joy as Heinz Günthardt, Claudio Mezzadri, Marc Rosset, Jakob Hlasek and of course Roger Federer.
Whiners are sure to point out that playing the week before a Grand Slam is not ideal for a player with Stan’s ambitions. This rule was shattered with Stan's coronation in Paris though. We have to point out that only a quarter of a century ago no prominent player questioned that playing matches is (still) the best preparation for a Grand Slam. Far from Paris in this idyllic setting at the Parc des Eaux-Vives, Stan Wawrinka had found the inspiration that guided him to the French Open title. We hope that this approach to Roland Garros becomes the new standard: To win in Paris you have to stop by Geneva!