Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka insists it’s not all perfect in the lives of athletes as he admits they also experience tough times..
Wawrinka, 36, has had a rough and challenging 2021 season..
Wawrinka, a former world No. 3, has only played four tournaments this year..
Wawrinka is currently recovering from a foot surgery and he is hoping to be back on the Tour in 2022.
“There is a lot you don’t know about athletes. About what they’re going through. You only see the good sides of things. But it’s difficult for a lot of us, including me. Life on the tour is something very special, and you chose it at a young age. I really want to come back, to come back to the emotions that tennis gives me, to the stadium, to the fans. I miss this life badly,” Wawrinka said, as quoted on We Love Tennis.
Wawrinka hasn’t played much tennis this year
Wawrinka started his season at the Murray River Open in Melbourne, where he made the quarterfinal before giving a walkover to Jeremy Chardy..
Wawrinka then picked up a second round defeat at the Australian Open, before losing to Karen Khachanov in his Rotterdam opener.
In his last tournament played, Wawrinka suffered a tight first round loss to Lloyd Harris..
After the match, South African Harris admitted beating his “idol” was incredible.
“I don’t have many words right now,” said Harris after the match. “Stan was my idol growing up, so just to play against him was incredible. I was as determined as I could be, really pumped to play. I am proud of how I fought back after losing the second set. I feel like I’ve done really in the past couple of months and I hope to keep the momentum going.”
Wawrinka finished the 2021 season on a three-match losing streak.