Stanislas Wawrinka: The Biofile
by Scoop Malinowski|
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka reveals his favourite players to watch, why he loves playing tennis, his greatest sporting moment and more for this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski...
Tennis Inspiration: I like to see [Pete] Sampras play.
Last Book Read: I don't really like to read books. Mostly I read magazines.
First Tennis Memory: Of course I think my first good memory was the 2003 Roland Garros juniors (d. Brian Baker).
Favourite Sport(s) Outside Tennis: I like to watch soccer and also ice hockey because in Switzerland it's very good.
First Car: A blue Kia (blue).
Current Car: Audi.
Favourite Meal: Depends. I eat sushi a lot; it's easy.
Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Vanilla.
Pre-Match Feeling: Just before coming on the court [I get] a little bit nervous, of course. But I enjoy this moment.
Greatest Sports Moment: The Beijing Olympic Games, for sure (winning the doubles gold medal with Roger Federer in 2008).
Most Painful Moment: That was when we lost in the 2012 Davis Cup first round to the USA, 5-0.
Favourite Tournament: Roland Garros
Funniest Players Encountered: I think, because he's a good friend, Benoit Paire is quite funny, quite strange on the court. And quite a good person off the court.
Toughest Competitor Encountered: Rafael Nadal.
Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: It's special. It's a game. You play a 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."
Favourite Players To Watch: 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. Andy Murray. Roger Federer, of course.
One Of Your Best Matches: Against Nalbandian in Barcelona in 2008. I won 6-3 6-1 but I was playing unbelievable.
Strangest Match: I haven’t had any crazy matches...I remember one match for sure, against Novak Djokovic this year at the Australian Open. Amazing match, playing five hours.
People Qualities Most Admired: Loyalty. You stay with a person and you never go off.
Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com