Wawrinka refuses to count himself among the tennis elite

Wawrinka refuses to count himself among the tennis elite
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Published June 30th, 2015 - 15:50 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Stan Wawrinka
Stan Wawrinka

Despite winning two of the last six grand slams played, Stan Wawrinka refuses to consider himself a member of the tennis elite.

The modest Swiss, ranked fourth on the ATP, repeated that mantra after delivering a crushing win over Joao Sousa to reach the second round at Wimbledon.

Since January 2014, the 30-year-old has claimed major honours at the Australian Open and three weeks ago at Roland Garros; his beaten finals opponents are greats Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"I don't have the same result as them, I'm not as strong as them," Wawrinka said of the elite group which includes Roger Federer, Djokovic, Andy Murray and, until this season, Nadal, now ranked 10th.

"The big four didn't just happen in this year, it's been that way the past 10 years. That's why they're much better."

"I personally really don't care (to be included or not). For me the big four always mean the big four. They're good where they are because they did so much for the tennis and they were so strong during more than 10 years.

"They deserve to be the big four and they will always be the big four. That's for me how I see it."

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NOTEBOOK: Jaguar hopes to measure Wimbledon emotions

London (dpa) - Fans will benefit at Wimbledon this year with selected members of the spectating crowds at the showcase Centre and No. 1 courts provided with biometric wristbands by sponsors Jaguar. In-ground sensors will monitor the energy around the courts and global sentiment on social media will be analysed in a bid to capture the emotion generated by Wimbledon.

This kind of unique information will also include tabulation of crowd movement, audio levels, with the biometric wristbands capturing data on spectator heart rate, movement and location around the grounds. The somewhat intrusive-sounding initiative is also designed to follow fan conversations from around the globe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Marketers even hope to capture the rising emotional tide of a tight fifth set or other dramatic moments in a major match. Interested fans can follow the data daily through Jaguar's UK social media channels or online.

"There's no other tournament like Wimbledon and the experience gets better each year,"said Jaguar spokesman Tim Henman, former British number one and a member of the committee at the All England Club.

"The drama, passion and excitement, shared by both players and fans alike, is what makes Wimbledon the number one tennis tournament in the world, and it's great to see Jaguar celebrating these unique qualities as part of their #FeelWimbledon campaign."

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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