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Fearless Wawrinka Jumps Ahead Of Gstaad

Gstaad, Switzerland

Wawrinka© Valeriano Di Domenico/Fresh FocusStanislas Wawrinka gets last minute instructions before his jump.

Stanislas Wawrinka prepared for his 10th appearance at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad with a parachute jump in the Bernese mountains on Sunday.

The World No. 10, who had jumped once before, admitted, “At the beginning of the flight we were talking quite a lot, but just before jumping you obviously have to focus and you stop talking.” 

Having landed safely, Wawrinka added, “It was a great experience. Of course, you get very nervous just before jumping off the plane but once you are in the air it’s a great feeling.” 

Wawrinka lost to Gaston Gaudio in the 2005 final.

He will play Daniel Gimeno-Traver or Kenny de Schepper in the second round.

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Later in the day, Wawrinka joined Juan Monaco, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Thomaz Bellucci and Henri Laaksonen to sign autographs for fans at the traditional kick-off event. 

Juan Monaco was wondering why it took him so long before making his first appearance here this year. 

"I don't know why I never played here before," said Monaco. "The place is beautiful, people are friendly and the hotel is great. I’m happy I finally made it to Gstaad."

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