Swiss player Stan Wawrinka is ranked #4 on the world tour and is known on the circuit as "The Stanimal". I love that nickname! He has a nice one-handed backhanded, which he was getting ready to unleash when I snapped this shot. Unfortunately, though, it wasn't his day on the grandstand court at the Miami Open.
It was especially hot (even by Miami standards), and The Stanimal looked overheated and tired. He quickly found himself down a set and a break to #51 Andrey Kuznetsov…and looking for answers (and perhaps shade) in his towel.
Kuznetsov pulled off the upset in straight sets -- possibly the biggest victory of his career. And, he pleasantly basked in the limelight taking his time to autograph every tennis ball and hat put in front of him following the match.
And, even though perspiration was dripping down his face, Kuznetsov was happy to pose for selfies. Very polite, nice young man. I hope his success on the courts continues!