Video: World No4 Stanislas Wawrinka swaps tennis for baseball
Video: World No4 Stanislas Wawrinka tries his hand at baseball after crashing out of Japan Open
With plenty of time on his hands after crashing out of the Japan Open at the first hurdle, world No4 Stanislas Wawrinka has tried his hand at baseball.
The Swiss number two was sent crashing out of the tournament following a 7-5 6-2 loss to Japan’s world number 103 Tatsuma Ito on Tuesday.
Wawrinka has enjoyed a breakthrough 12 months at the top of the men’s rankings, claiming his first Grand Slam title, the Australian Open, in Melbourne earlier this year.
And the 29-year-old looked to make the most of his free time in the Far East, heading to a baseball range to practice his hand-eye coordination skills.
Wawrinka admitted that he hadn’t been anywhere near his best after a shock loss to the Japanese wildcard.
“It was not a good day at the office,” the Swiss is quoted as saying by the ATP’s official website.
“He started well and then I was trying to come back in the match. First-round matches are never easy. He played well, particularly at the end of the first set when he was very aggressive.”