Stan Wawrinka believes the quick transition from the clay to the grass courts will help keep him focused following his French Open triumph

Wawrinka hits the ground running at Queen’s



Originally published on 16/06/15

The No.2 seed made a seamless transition onto grass as he breezed past an out-of-sorts Nick Kyrgios in his opening match at the Aegon Championships, needing just 49 minutes to wrap up a 6-3 6-4 victory and set up a second-round clash with Kevin Anderson at The Queen’s Club.

Wawrinka initially appeared to struggle with the pressure of being a major champion following his maiden Grand Slam victory at the 2014 Australian Open, but the Swiss believes he is better equipped mentally to cope after winning at Roland Garros.

“[After] Australia everything was new and I didn't know what to expect,” said Wawrinka. “Everybody was saying it's going to change your life and change your career. And that's true.  You win a first Grand Slam, especially in that era and you have only the big four winning Grand Slam in 10 years.  So that was a big thing for myself.  I [made] few mistakes after; I had a lot of ups and downs.  I had to learn and to change the way I was and try to adapt to my new life.

“Maybe the little mistake I made after Australia was I took six weeks off tennis tournaments.  That was maybe a little bit too long.  I have to focus on the tennis again, because I don't really have a choice, because the grass court [season] is here.”

Wawrinka is making only his third appearance at Queen’s, but he believes the ATP 500 tournament offers him the best possible preparation for Wimbledon.

“I played Halle a long, long time ago. Since then I always try to come here,” said Wawrinka, who lost in the semi-finals to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov last year. “I think the courts are amazing. It’s the same as Wimbledon, so it’s perfect preparation for me. I enjoy the atmosphere, and the club. For me, it is great if I can be in London for a whole month, stay in the same house and just [relax] and prepare for Wimbledon.”


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