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28 March 1985 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||314–201 (60.97%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (27 January 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 3 (31 March 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (2014)|
|French Open||QF (2013)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2008, 2009)|
|US Open||SF (2013)|
|Tour Finals||SF (2013)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2008)|
|Career record||60–74 (44.78%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 90 (6 November 2006)|
|Current ranking||No. 136 (17 March 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2006)|
|French Open||3R (2006)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2006, 2007)|
|US Open||1R (2005)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||Gold Medal (2008)|
|Last updated on: 20 March 2014.|
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Switzerland|
Stanislas Wawrinka ([vaˈvriŋka] va-VREENG-kah; born 28 March 1985) is a Swiss professional tennis player. He is currently the Swiss No. 1 and World No. 3, which is also his career-high singles ranking. He first attained this ranking on 27 January 2014 as a result of winning his first Grand Slam event, the 2014 Australian Open.
Wawrinka considers clay his best surface and his serve and backhand his best shots. He won a gold medal for Switzerland in the men's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, partnering Roger Federer, by beating Swedish team Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson in the final. They were also honoured with the 2008 Swiss Team of the Year Award. He reached the semifinals of the 2013 US Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. He played in the longest doubles match in history at the Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in 2013 partnering Marco Chiudinelli.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 Playing style
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Commercial endorsements
- 6 Significant finals
- 7 Singles performance timeline
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Stanislas was born the son of Wolfram and Isabelle Wawrinka. His paternal grandfather had settled in Switzerland after fleeing Czechoslovakia for Germany in 1946. Wolfram Wawrinka, a farmer and social worker, married Isabelle, an educator, and took over the running of his parent's farm, "Ferme du Chateau", near Lausanne, which is connected with the castle of Saint-Barthélemy. The farm assists people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, and people with depression or drug and alcohol problems. Here Stanislas grew up with his elder brother, Jonathan, and his two younger sisters, Djanaée and Naélla. Stan attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Crissier.
Wawrinka stopped attending regular schooling at age 15 to focus full-time on tennis. However, he continued his schooling by distance education with the French organization CNED, which offered him greater flexibility.
Wawrinka started playing international junior events at age 14 and entered the satellite circuit the following year. He compiled an outstanding junior career, winning the 2003 French Open Junior championships and reaching as high as No. 7 in the junior world rankings in June 2003.
2003–2007: Rising, first ATP title
Wawrinka turned pro in 2002 at the age of 17. By the end of 2005, he hovered just outside the top 50. He has a 2–3 career Davis Cup singles record in three ties. He was coached from age eight until June 2010 by Dimitri Zavialoff.
In October 2006, Wawrinka reached a then career-high ranking of world No. 29.
In the 2007 Australian Open, Wawrinka reached the third round to be beaten by second seed Rafael Nadal, losing in Melbourne in straight sets. He showed some impressive backhand skills, but was unable to deal with Nadal's heavy game.
He suffered a three-month setback, tearing a tendon in his right knee while practicing for the Swiss Davis Cup team's tie against Spain in February.
In the 2007 French Open Wawrinka pushed No. 7 seed Ivan Ljubičić to four sets, before falling in the second round. He also claimed wins over Guillermo Cañas and Juan Ignacio Chela en route to a meeting with Rafael Nadal in the finals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart in July. Nadal defeated Wawrinka in straight sets.
In the 2007 US Open Wawrinka reached the fourth round, a stage he had never reached previously in a Grand Slam event, notably defeating 25th seed Marat Safin in straight sets in the second round. In the fourth round he was ousted by Juan Ignacio Chela in five sets.
2008: Becoming a Top 10 player and Olympic Gold in doubles
By reaching the final of the 2008 Master's Series event in Rome, Wawrinka entered the top 10 for the first time. He lost in the final to Novak Djokovic in three sets, despite taking the opening set.
In the 2008 Olympics Wawrinka teamed with Roger Federer in the men's doubles. They beat the favoured American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in the semifinals in straight sets, then in the final defeated Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden in four sets to win the gold medal.
Wawrinka lost to Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. Nadal came from behind in both sets to beat Wawrinka in two tie-breaks. The match lasted for 2 hours and 42 minutes.
At the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters, Wawrinka defeated world No. 2 Roger Federer in straight sets, an upset which halted the chance of a fourth straight Nadal-Federer final in Monte Carlo.
At Wimbledon, in the third round he defeated 21-year-old Jesse Levine, who had upset Marat Safin in the first round. The Sunday Times reviewed Wawrinka's performance in the match by opining that he "is a strange player, clearly talented but short of match fitness and as clumsy on court as Federer is graceful." Wawrinka was defeated by Andy Murray in five sets in the fourth round. The match was also a debut usage of the new roof on Centre Court and was the latest match at Wimbledon, lasting until 22:37 GMT.
2010: Second Career Title
Wawrinka started his 2010 season by reaching the final of the Chennai Open, losing to Marin Čilić in two tie-breaks. This was Wawrinka's fifth consecutive loss in an ATP final. He reached the third round at the 2010 Australian Open, losing to Čilić again. Wawrinka returned to the ATP Tour at the Sony Ericsson Open after his wife gave birth to their daughter. He defeated Kevin Anderson, before losing to Mikhail Youzhny in the third round. He started his clay-court season in Casablanca at the 2010 Grand Prix Hassan II. After receiving a first-round bye, he defeated Slovakian qualifier Martin Kližan in the second round. In the quarterfinals, he easily defeated wildcard Reda El Amrani in straight sets. In the semifinals, he defeated Italian Potito Starace in three sets to advance to his second ATP final of 2010. In the final, he defeated Romanian Victor Hănescu in straight sets to win his second ATP Tournament. With this tournament win, he snapped a five-match losing streak in ATP finals and a 3 1/2-year title drought.
Wawrinka became the 13th seed at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and defeated Victor Hănescu in the first round in a rematch of the Casablanca final. He then beat Latvian Ernests Gulbis to advance to the third round. He was defeated by Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka reached the quarterfinals in Rome, losing to Rafael Nadal, and the semifinals in Belgrade, losing to John Isner. At the French Open, where he was the 20th seed, he reached the fourth round without dropping a set, defeating Jan Hájek in the first round. In the second round, he defeated German Andreas Beck, and in the third round, he beat Italian Fabio Fognini, before losing to Roger Federer in the fourth round.
After an unsuccessful grass season, where he lost in the first round of Wimbledon, Wawrinka separated from his coach since childhood and hired Peter Lundgren (former coach of Marat Safin and Federer). The partnership with Lundgren showed its benefits in the US Open, where Wawrinka reached the quarterfinals, beating fourth seed Andy Murray along the way.
2011: Third Career Title
Wawrinka started off 2011 in impressive fashion, defeating world No. 6 Tomáš Berdych along the way to claiming the Chennai Open crown. Wawrinka beat Xavier Malisse in the final in three sets. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Australian Open, after defeating Andy Roddick in three sets to set up an all-Swiss quarterfinal with Roger Federer, which he lost in straight sets. He also came back from two sets and a break down to defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round of the French Open, before being defeated by Federer once more. Wawrinka was defeated by Simone Bolelli in the second round of Wimbledon and Donald Young at the same stage of the US Open.
In September 2011, Wawrinka announced that he had parted ways with Lundgren. He played the rest of the season without a coach.
At the 2011 Swiss Indoors tournament, Wawrinka made it to the semifinals, after defeating Florian Mayer in the quarterfinals. In an all-Swiss semifinal, he was defeated by Roger Federer in straight sets.
Wawrinka started the season in Chennai, where he made the quarterfinals, before being defeated by Go Soeda.
In his Davis Cup tie against Mardy Fish in February, he lost in five sets. Later in February, he traveled to Buenos Aires and Acapulco, where he made to the semifinals, before losing again to Almagro and Fernando Verdasco, respectively.
In Monte Carlo, he defeated three Spaniards, Feliciano López, Pablo Andújar, and Almagro, making it to the quarterfinals before succumbing to world no. 2 at the time, Rafael Nadal, the eventual champion. In doubles, he teamed with Victor Troicki, and they made it to the quarterfinals.
In Estoril, he made it to the semifinals, but was defeated by Juan Martín del Potro.
Wawrinka made the fourth round at the French Open after defeating Flavio Cipolla, Andújar, and Gilles Simon. He was defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round, once again coming from two sets down to take the match into a fifth set and recovering a 4–1 deficit in the decider before Tsonga finally prevailed. 
Wawrinka then had a series of first-round exits at Wimbledon, Gstaad, and in the Summer Olympics, where he lost to the eventual gold medallist Andy Murray. He was the flag bearer of Switzerland during the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. He teamed with Roger Federer again in doubles at the Olympics, but they were eliminated in the second round.
He made the semifinals of the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati, before he was defeated by Federer, the eventual champion. Wawrinka again also played doubles with Jarkko Nieminen, and they were eliminated in the second round.
At the 2013 Australian Open, he made it to the fourth round. He lost a gruelling five-set thriller against Novak Djokovic which lasted just over 5 hours, finally losing in the 22nd game of the fifth set. "It definitely ranks right at the top," said Djokovic, after his victory over the Swiss. "One of the longest, most interesting, and most exciting matches I have played in my career."
In the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup on 2 February 2013, he played the longest ATP doubles match in history. He and Marco Chiudinelli were defeated by Lukáš Rosol and Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic in 7 hours and 2 minutes, including a 46-game-long final set. The match was the second-longest ATP match ever (singles and doubles combined).
Wawrinka made it to the final of the 2013 Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, losing to David Ferrer in that final.
In Madrid, Wawrinka's run of success continued, with a three-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals. The following day, he defeated Tomáš Berdych, also in three sets, to advance to his second Masters 1000 final against Rafael Nadal. With this victory, he also re-entered the top 10 at no. 10. He lost the final in straight sets.
He made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time after recovering from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet in the fourth round, but subsequently lost to defending and seven-time champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
In the 2013 US Open, Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, losing to top seed Novak Djokovic, again in five tightly contested sets. Previously he had defeated world no. 5 Tomáš Berdych in four sets in the fourth round, and beat world no. 3 and defending champion Andy Murray in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
After his Grand Slam breakthrough, Wawrinka continued to display solid form, reaching the semifinals in Kuala Lumpur, where he has lost to Julien Benneteau, and quarterfinals in both final hard court Masters 1000 tournaments, Shanghai and Paris, losing to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, respectively.
Wawrinka went to the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time in his career. He made an impact on the tournament, beating Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer in round-robin matches. While he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets for the twelfth time in his career, both sets were finished in tight tiebreaks and the Swiss actually won more points in the match. Wawrinka advanced in second place to the semifinals, where he met Novak Djokovic and lost to him for the fourth time that year.
2014: First Major title
Wawrinka began his ninth season on the ATP World Tour with a win at the Chennai Open in India, winning this tournament for the second time in his career, defeating Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final in straight sets.
At the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka beat Andrey Golubev and Alejandro Falla in the first two rounds, then had a walkover when Vasek Pospisil pulled out of their third round match, followed by a three set win over Tommy Robredo. Wawrinka's quarter-final opponent was Novak Djokovic, and this time Wawrinka won in five sets, taking the deciding fifth set 9–7 after being a break down. The victory ended a 14-match losing streak against the three-time reigning champion. He then faced off against another first-time Australian Open semifinalist, Tomas Berdych, winning the match in four tight sets (including three tiebreakers). In the ensuing final, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets. It was his first win over Nadal in 13 attempts (having never won a set against him in their previous 12 meetings), and also made him the first man since Sergi Bruguera in 1993 to beat both of the top two seeds en route to a grand slam title. This was also only the second time since 2005 that a player outside of the 'Big Four' (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) had won a Major title, and the first since Juan Martin del Potro won the US Open in 2009. In addition, Wawrinka became the first player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic in a single Grand Slam tournament. He is also the second Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title after Roger Federer.
Due to his championship victory at the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka for the first time in his career cracked into the Top 5, becoming world number 3, and the top ranked Swiss player in the world ahead of Federer for the first time.
Playing for Switzerland in the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup against Serbia, he defeated Dusan Lajovic in four sets in the second rubber. Switzerland went on to win the tie 3–2 (after an unassailable 3–0 lead) to reach their first Davis Cup quarter-final since 2004.
After a one-month break, he next played at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as the #3 seed. In his opening round (after receiving a first round bye due to his seeding), he overcame Ivo Karlovic in straight sets. In the third round, he defeated Andreas Seppi dropping only two games. In the fourth round, his 13-match winning streak from the start of the season came to an end against Kevin Anderson.
Possessing one of the best one-handed backhands on tour, Wawrinka is characterized as a powerful offensive baseliner capable of playing well on most surfaces, especially on clay and hard courts. He is known for his fast serve which has reached as high as 232 kilometres per hour (144 mph/h). His forehand, considered a weakness early in his career, has improved significantly and is a now a big weapon in his game. His largest weakness has been considered his mental strength as he has been known to falter in the biggest matches. This is evidenced by his win ratio in tournament finals and his head-to-head records against the Big Four. Over the years, Wawrinka has become stronger in this regard, as he reached the quarterfinals at a major for the first time in his career at the 2010 US Open. Wawrinka then continued his form into the 2011 season by reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.
In 2013, he began working with new coach Magnus Norman. This partnership has been credited for improvement in Wawrinka's performance in important matches, and was evident in his victories over Andy Murray at the 2013 US Open, and Novak Djokovic at the 2014 Australian Open (both were defending champions) as well as his improved consistency. Wawrinka's mental game has also been seen to improve over time, culminating in his win over Rafael Nadal at the 2014 Australian Open in which Wawrinka survived a fightback from Nadal to clinch the title.
Wawrinka's father, Wolfram, is a German of Czech ancestry, although his surname is actually of Polish origin. Wawrinka's paternal great-grandfather originated from the border region between Poland and the former Czechoslovakia. Wawrinka's mother, Isabelle, is Swiss. His mother works as a biodynamic farmer helping disabled people. He has one older brother, Jonathan, who teaches tennis, and two younger sisters Djanaée and Naëlla, who are students and tennis players. Wawrinka holds both Swiss and German citizenship.
Wawrinka lives in Saint-Barthélemy, about 20 kilometres north of Lausanne, with his wife, Ilham Vuilloud, a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model. They married on 15 December 2009. Vuilloud gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl named Alexia, on 12 February 2010. On 4 January 2011, Swiss media reported that, according to Vuilloud, Wawrinka separated from the family to dedicate himself to tennis, having only five more years to make an impact. The couple has since reconciled.
He is a friend of fellow Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. Wawrinka has a tattoo on his left forearm in italic script that quotes the Irish writer Samuel Beckett in English: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." as well as his daughter's name and handprints on his torso.
As of January 2012, Wawrinka wears Yonex clothing and shoes and uses the Yonex VCORE Tour G, formerly playing with a Yonex VCORE Tour 97 racquet. Previously, he used Head tennis racquets, first the Flexpoint Prestige MidPlus and Microgel Prestige pro, and then the YOUTEK Prestige Pro MidPlus.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||2014||Australian Open||Hard||Rafael Nadal||6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3|
Doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)
|Gold||2008||Beijing Olympics||Hard||Roger Federer|| Simon Aspelin
|6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Current till 2014 Miami Masters.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||LQ||LQ||2R||3R||2R||3R||3R||QF||3R||4R||W||1 / 9||23–8|
|French Open||A||LQ||3R||1R||2R||3R||3R||4R||4R||4R||QF||0 / 9||20–9|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||3R||1R||4R||4R||1R||2R||1R||1R||0 / 9||9–9|
|US Open||A||LQ||3R||3R||4R||4R||1R||QF||2R||4R||SF||0 / 9||23–9|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||4–3||5–4||6–4||9–4||7–4||9–4||9–4||8–4||12–4||6–0||1 / 36||75–35|
|ATP World Tour Finals||Did Not Qualify||SF||0 / 1||2–2|
|Olympics Games||NH||A||Not Held||2R||Not Held||1R||Not Held||0 / 2||1–2|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||2R||A||QF||4R||A||QF||3R||4R||4R||0 / 7||15–7|
|Miami Masters||A||A||A||2R||A||2R||4R||3R||2R||A||A||4R||0 / 6||6–6|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||SF||3R||A||QF||QF||0 / 6||12–6|
|Madrid Masters1||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||3R||3R||1R||3R||F||0 / 8||12–8|
|Rome Masters||A||A||2R||1R||1R||F||3R||QF||3R||3R||2R||0 / 9||15–8|
|Canada Masters||A||A||1R||A||2R||3R||3R||2R||QF||A||2R||0 / 7||9–7|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||3R||1R||A||1R||2R||1R||SF||2R||0 / 7||8–7|
|Shanghai Masters2||A||A||A||A||1R||3R||3R||2R||3R||3R||QF||0 / 7||10–7|
|Paris Masters||A||A||2R||2R||3R||2R||1R||3R||1R||3R||QF||0 / 9||9–9|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||2–3||5–7||3–6||13–8||16–9||13–8||10–8||14–7||16–8||3–1||0 / 66||96–66|
|Titles–Finals||0–0||0–0||0–1||1–1||0–2||0–2||0–0||1–2||1–1||0–0||1–4||2–2||6 / 15||5–9|
|Year End Ranking||171||168||54||30||36||13||21||21||17||17||8|
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|Flagbearer for Switzerland