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Three Time Grand Slam Champ, Stan Wawrinka, to Play at Rio Open





Stan Wawrinka is in Brazil for the first time to compete in the Rio Open presented by Claro and reinforced his passion for tennis. Owner of three Grand Slam titles, a gold medal at the Olympic Games and a successful career, the Swiss spoke about the privilege of, at 38 years old, being able to come to the Marvelous City to do what he loves most: play tennis.


Wawrinka had already visited South America, but never a Brazilian city. He spoke at a press conference about where his motivation comes from to continue playing at a high level after so many years on the circuit and with so many achievements in his career.


"What keeps me playing is the fact that tennis is my passion. I started when I was young, I fell in love with it and when you have the chance to combine your passion and your work, you want to continue. Tennis has brought me a lot of emotions, being a tennis player is what I want, so I try to enjoy it as much as I can," said Wawrinka.





"No matter how many titles or how much money I have, I don't play for that, I play because I like it and because I love what I do. Maybe I'm old in the world of tennis, but I'm still young in life. So how much If I can, I will continue to pursue my passion for tennis. It's my first time here, I really wanted to come to Brazil and I'm very pleased to have come this year", he added.


Norrie is Enchanted by Carnival in Rio De Janeiro


Current Rio Open champion, Cameron Norrie had a unique opportunity on Saturday night, when he went to Marquês de Sapucaí to follow the Carnival Champions Parade. Norrie was joined by stunt double Joe Salisbury and their respective teams. 


"It was really good! I had never been before, so I didn't know what to expect. It was really fun and really good to watch. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy it, how happy and how everyone was smiling and dancing the whole time, but I can "I imagine everyone will be pretty dead next week, but it was nice. And it was really nice that the tournament put us in a really nice box and really looked after us all, made us feel really good," said the Brit.





By ML Staff. Image courtesy of  Rio Open/Jumphoto.

 

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