Stan Wawrinka is one of the most intense, hard-working players on the ATP Tour; dedicating himself to every point, giving everything in the quest for victory, no matter the cost.
And Wawrinka’s ink, unsurprisingly, reflects his tennis weltanschaung. On the inside of his left arm are the words of poet Samuel Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
“I only did the tattoo last year,” Wawrinka said in 2014, “but I first saw the quote a long time ago. It always stayed in my mind. It’s how I see life and tennis. The meaning of the quote doesn’t change no matter how well you do. There is always disappointment, heartache. You are losing almost every tournament. You need to just accept it and be positive because you are going to lose and fail.
On the inside of his right arm is the name of his daughter: Alexia. Wawrinka split from his wife, Ilham Vuilloud, earlier this year, citing “the challenges we have to face due to the demands of my career.”
You can read more about their break-up here: