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Stan Wawrinka on court at Queen's

Stan Wawrinka explains why grass is by far his weakest surface as he chases unlikely career slam


Stan Wawrinka has described the challenges he faces on grass as he bids to complete the career Grand Slam at Wimbledon this summer.

Wawrinka already has the French Open, the US Open, and the Australian Open titles in his collection, but has always struggled to perform at Wimbledon, where he has never been further than a quarter-final.

“For me, it’s about adapting the way I am moving,” Wawrinka told Tennis.com on how grass-court tennis is different to the rest.

“You need to be lower. You’re always moving around the body, making small steps. I normally like to have some big steps to really use my fitness. On grass, it’s a bit more challenging.”

Wawrinka is trying to work his way back up the rankings after seeing his career derailed by a serious knee injury. Once a top three player, Wawrinka sank to as low as 263 in the world in June 2018.

However, he has climbed back into the top 20 and is now keen to leave his injury woes behind him.

“I came back from big surgery so it took a lot of time to come back physically strong and mentally as well. I think I’m playing well.” Wawrinka told Ubitennis in separate interview.

“I’m really happy. I’m enjoying every tournament. I’m with the way I have been practicing, working out and trying to improve my game. Trying to enjoy myself on the court.”

Wawrinka made a fine start to his grass-court season, overcoming a rain delay to beat Dan Evans 6-4, 6-3 at Queen’s on Wednesday.

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