Lance Stroll addresses rumour suggesting career switch to become tennis pro – “Before going on Tour, I should work on my backhand”

Last year, a remarkable rumour came out which suggested Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll was interested in quitting F1 altogether to pursue a career in tennis.

It was argued that tennis has always been the 25-year-old’s true passion and he knew time was of the essence if he had to focus his attentions away from the world of motorsport.

Lance Stroll. Credit: gpsport.com
Lance Stroll. Credit: gpsport.com

The Canadian driver has now responded to these rumours, and it is fair to say that they were exactly what the word suggests- purely rumours.

While admitting that he felt he had good tennis pedigree, Lance said he simply isn’t at the required level to play the sport professionally. Some may argue that the same applies to his F1 career.

“Well, if I’m going to go on tour, I’d better work on my backhand a little bit, because I don’t think I’m quite at that level yet,” he said.

“I mean, I like to think I’m pretty good. But I don’t know if I’m ready to go up against [Novak] Djokovic and [Carlos] Alcaraz just yet.

“I haven’t really thought about it, picking up tennis as a career.”

Stroll reiterated his commitment to motorsport for the time being, claiming that he loves racing.

“One day we’re all going to wake up and make that decision, I think every driver on this grid,” he said.

“But right now I’m thinking about the race. For sure I want to keep racing. It’s what I love to do.”

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