The emotional weight on the lengthy tennis lockdown is weighing on Stan Wawrinka.
The three-time Grand Slam champion has been at home near Lausanne from the start of the March shutdown of the worldwide sport, with occasional social media forays and stunts helping to pass the time.
Under current guidelines, the 25-year-old – along with the rest of the ATP and WTA population – will have to stay the lonely course until the end of July.
Wawrinka told Swiss TV of his concerns. "I miss the whole process of (playing) a match and the support of fans.
"It’s clear that the Tour will not resume next August. I have big doubts on the US Open and the final part of the season.
"But given the difficulties in today’s world, I took advantage of being able to stay at home a bit and spend time with my daughter.”
During COVID-19 lockdown, Wawrinka has entertained online through cocktail-hour chats with French player Benoit Paire and posted multiple images of himself in one photo to simulate a March "birthday party.”
"I tried to entertain in relation to my life, to the fans I have and to bring another vision of what I was doing. I am lucky to have friends on the Tour like Benoit Paire.
"We know that when we talk, we do it honestly; it allowed people to discover our slightly different personalities. We are honest in what we say and we can do.”
The Swiss No. 17 added: "The fans see us playing but they don’t know what we do outside (the court). We were able to take a step back and show another side of our lives.”