Stan Wawrinka may appear tantalizingly fit on the glossy pages of ESPN’s Body Issue, but looks aren’t everything for the 30-year-old Swedish tennis champ.
Here are some highlights from the upcoming interview:
On achieving that body:
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.
How he trains for play:
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, in many long matches, many times longer than four or five hours and it wasn’t a big problem for me. It’s not a strategy to make matches longer, but I know that I can keep up. That is always good for my confidence.
But what’s your tat say?
I have a Samuel Beckett quote tattooed on my arm. I got it a few years ago now: “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.