Every tennis player has good days and bad days, and any fan of Stan Wawrinka knows that these shifts of up and down often come without warning. Some bad days still manage to give us exquisitely beautiful tennis, like last year, when Stan the Man lost to Tommy Robredo in a match that included some of the most intense and artistic rallies the fans on Court 9 had ever seen. Anyone who saw the U.S. Open 2014 match against Robredo knows what we’re talkin’ about.
Then there was this year, when Stan had some bad days in practice and some rough days on the court. This included a quarterfinal loss to Julien Benneteau that began with a breadstick–by Stan, yet ended in a bewildering three-set loss that left spectators stunned.
There were, of course, still plenty of winners and beautiful form to admire in the week of Stan’s practice and play, and we’ve gathered the many moods of Stan here for you to observe, admire, and ponder…along with the meaning of life. Or something like that.
Stan showed off his tennis form in an early practice, as well as his bright red “Stan the Man” shirt that fans have been begging Yonex for since well before the Stanimal’s 2014 Australian Open win.
(As always, most of the pics can be clicked for bigger sizes.)
It wouldn’t be a proper TennisInsideOut.com Stan post without at least one photo of The Man staring at Val through her camera lens disapprovingly. Or maybe he’s just trying to remember her from a past life. We can’t be sure.