Great shots, crazy shorts -- Wawrinka's Roland Garros legacy

Sun Jun 7, 2015 8:07pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - Forget the breathtaking backhands, formidable forehands and astonishing aces that Stanislas Wawrinka produced during his magnificent run to the French Open title -- it was his bizarre red and white checked shorts that stole the limelight on Sunday.

Where did he get the design? A pair of pyjamas tucked away in his father's wardrobe, or was it from a 1970's wallpaper still hanging on an old relative's house? Perhaps it was from a blanket handed down in the family over generations.

The hullabaloo over his "lost property" park-player outfit was not lost on the new champion on Sunday as he draped the baggy shorts over the dais in front of him, placing them next to the gleaming Musketeers' Cup.

"I know a lot of people talk about it, and it's quite funny that they won the French Open," grinned Wawrinka after joining the likes of Mats Wilander and Ivan Lendl in completing the boys' trophy-Musketeers' Cup double at Roland Garros.

A few days after declaring he was going to "swim, play tennis and then sleep in them", he announced that the star attraction of the 2015 French Open was heading for a new home.

"They will be in the museum of Roland Garros. You will see my shorts every day if you want," he added to hoots of laughter.

"Everybody talks about those shorts since I put them on. Apparently I'm the only one who likes it."

Jokes aside, Wawrinka was still struggling to digest the fact that he had won a second grand slam title, and did it by overcoming a player who had until Sunday, been unbeatable on clay in 2015.   Continued...

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after winning his men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 7, 2015.            REUTERS/Vincent Kessler