Stan Wawrinka: Rules of Life – Tennismood

by: TennisMood May 11, 2016 452

Stan Wawrinka: Rules of Life – Tennismood

Stan Wawrinka’s Quotes as well as Goals, Idols, Dreams & so on

  • I still have ups and downs, I still have some matches I lose, but I know that when I’m fit, when I play well, when I’m confident, I can stay with the top guys and I can beat them, especially at Grand Slams where I can push them physically and mentally.
  • My goal is to be the best player I can and to have no regrets when I stop playing tennis.
  • My favorite player is David Nalbandian, because he’s playing so easy. You think he’s playing not full and he’s just playing with his touch and with his talent. I like to watch him. And, of course, Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
  • Every minute counts. Being on time or not can mean the difference of a win or a loss and even of something positive or negative happening in life.
  • I love New York, it is an amazing city and the US Open is a lot about the show. There are tens of thousands of spectators, these are some of the best courts in the world, and there is nothing like being here and making memories.
  • The priority for me is to practice well, to do the best schedule I can and to give myself the chance to be fit and ready for every tournament.
  • As a child I was lucky to have the support of my parents because starting a tennis career is a very expensive adventure.
  • I was never going to be able to really make too much of an impact in the match with the way I was serving.
  • Stay strong with yourself. If you keep working hard, you’re going to have your chance to be №1.
  • I don’t like to talk about my private life in general. I always put that private life away.
  • I didn’t have an idol so to speak, but I always enjoyed watching Pete Sampras and Alex Corretja.
  • I’m always proud to play for Switzerland and that will always be something really special.
  • I’m trying to be as strong as possible and as focused as I can on my tennis.
  • Vanilla is my favorite ice cream flavor.
  • I don’t need 10 people around to protect me from you guys.
  • I have little interest in turning myself into a brand.
  • Toughest competitor encountered for me is Nadal.
  • I always try to practice with the ‘Big Four’ as much as I can, and have done for many years. I don’t put myself as a rival with them. I respect them so much. Someone told me that from the top-10 guys, I am the one who always practices with them. The others – almost never.
  • Big Four Tennis

  • When I see Federer, I say myself that I can keep going on for many years.
  • You have to make sacrifices. You have to work out, to be relaxed in your mind, to focus on what you’re doing.
  • My body is for my tennis, it’s for my sport. I’m not a model at all. I don’t work out to go to the beach, I work out to play well and to do well on the court.
  • Being Swiss, you grow up watching Roland Garros. As a junior, I celebrated my first big title here. And now I won the 2015 French Open. Still tough to believe. It still feels like a dream.
  • I need to work on my consistency in all year in every tournament. That’s something I really want to improve.
  • My goal is to give my best every day, continue to play well and live wonderful moments like I did in Paris.
    I eat sushi a lot, it’s easy.
  • For me, motivation is easy. I enjoy what I’m doing and I’m lucky to play tennis. I enjoy the suffering. It’s something quite natural for me to go on the court and suffer, and to go in the gym and to suffer, and to know the only way to get better is to work out – that’s what I like.
  • I can keep my fitness and strength at a high level for hours and hours and hours. I can play really powerful from the baseline and I can keep my level up — that’s why I’m playing well in five-set matches. I’ve done it many times many times longer than four or five hours. It’s not a strategy but I know that I can keep up. That is always good for my confidence.
  • You play nine to 10 months a year, 10 to 15 years, and at 35 you’re done. It’s tough physically and mentally, it’s really tiring. So you need to be focusing on your tennis; you have time after your tennis career to do as many things as you want.
  • When I was younger, I was a little bit fat. I wasn’t like big-time fat. I was just overweight — when I was 13 or 14. At that time I wasn’t practicing that much; tennis was just a hobby.
  • I’m happy with the way that I’m playing, the way I’m moving, the way I’m improving. I give credit to my fitness coach, Pierre Paganini. He has been so important for my success. We’ve been working together for more than 10 years. He’s always involved in my decisions, my schedule, and my preparation.
  • I’m quite strong when I do core work. I think my serve and one-handed backhand come from that. It’s coming from my movement and coming from all my body and also my back and my abs — I do a lot of back and abs and core. It’s all about the core exercises for warm-up.
  • You can’t underestimate rest. Sometimes in tennis we don’t realize that to rest your body is as important as it is to practice. We are traveling so much, all year, in different conditions, different courts, different surfaces, different balls — so we always have to adapt.
  • I have a Samuel Beckett quote tattooed on my arm. “Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better”. That’s a little bit how I see life in general, but especially in tennis, because even if you play well, even if you’re top-10, you still lose matches. So you need to accept that and take the positives from that.
  • First Car: A Kia (blue), current car is Audi.
  • If you do the good work, the results will come. Now I know it’s not about the quantity, it’s about the quality of the work.
  • There were so many opportunities, so much press, so many demands, so many new fans, new people hanging around. You just need to find a way to deal with it and keep the focus on the tennis.
  • I never expected to be that good, to have such a big career. Tennis is a big puzzle. It’s not any more physical or mental; you have to have all the pieces first, and then you have to put all the pieces together. For me, it took me time.
  • I like to watch soccer and the ice hockey too because in Switzerland it’s very good.
  • I enjoy putting myself in situations where you are nervous, but you need to enjoy yourself also. I’ve done skydiving, bungee jumping. I quite like those sensations — when you feel a little bit nervous and you don’t really know where you are going. It’s a quite good sensation that I love. I like the speed, I like everything.
  • There’s only really one way to be at the top, and that’s practicing — practicing well and practicing hard. And enjoying what you do, because if you don’t enjoy it then, it’s always tough to wake up and go practice and suffer on the court.
  • The Olympics will always be something special for me because it was my first big victory, with Roger, a good friend, playing for Switzerland.
  • I don’t really like to read books but mostly I read the magazines.
  • Greatest Sport Moment: Winning the Australian Open, for sure. And the Olympic Games (doubles gold medal with Roger Federer in 2008).
  • It’s always a pleasure to come back home. My favourite place in Switzerland is the region around Lake Geneva. The landscape is beautiful and very peaceful.
  • Why do I love playing tennis: It’s special. It’s a game. You play game, you play with a ball, you play against someone, you’re alone on the court. You need to find solutions every day, every match because every match is different.
  • My best match was against Nalbandian in Barcelona (2008). I won 6-3 6-1 but I was playing unbelievable.
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