Stan Wawrinka beat local hero Andy Murray to set up a semi final rematch with compatriot Roger Federer at this year’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. Both Swiss players played a close and tense semi last year and the same is expected today. Stan, who has officially changed his name from ‘Stanislas’ to the abbreviated form and currently ranked #4 in the world won his second Grand Slam title this year beating Novak Djokovic at the French Open, denying the World #1 a complete set of Slams in a calendar year.
I drew this sketch of him holding the French Open trophy, which is called La Coupe des Mousquetaires, that’s The Musketeers’ Trophy in Anglais. The original only appears once a year when the winner of the Men’s SIngles is announced. The victor does not get to keep it, but the Federation Francaise de Tennis presents them with a very nice, slightly smaller replica made from a sheet of silver, taking over 100 hours to make.
Stan also wore a distinctive pair of chequered shorts during the tournament which became a fashion statement and the topic of conversation when the play became less interesting. The ‘lucky’ shorts also benefited charity when auctioned off afterwards. I included them in my drawing which Stan signed and dedicated this week for me.