Stanislas Wawrinka

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Stanislas Wawrinka
Country Switzerland
ResidenceSaint-Barthélemy, Switzerland
Born(1985-03-28) 28 March 1985 (age 27)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight79 kg (170 lb)
Turned pro2002
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,904,056
Singles
Career record248–176 (58.49%)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 9 (June 9, 2008)
Current rankingNo. 17 (January 14, 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2011)
French Open4R (2010, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon4R (2008, 2009)
US OpenQF (2010)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record53–65 (44.92%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 90 (6 November 2006)
Current rankingNo. 131 (14 January 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2006)
French Open3R (2006)
Wimbledon1R (2006, 2007)
US Open1R (2005)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Gold Medal (2008)
Last updated on: October 15, 2012.
 
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Stanislas Wawrinka
Country Switzerland
ResidenceSaint-Barthélemy, Switzerland
Born(1985-03-28) 28 March 1985 (age 27)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight79 kg (170 lb)
Turned pro2002
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,904,056
Singles
Career record248–176 (58.49%)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 9 (June 9, 2008)
Current rankingNo. 17 (January 14, 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2011)
French Open4R (2010, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon4R (2008, 2009)
US OpenQF (2010)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record53–65 (44.92%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 90 (6 November 2006)
Current rankingNo. 131 (14 January 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2006)
French Open3R (2006)
Wimbledon1R (2006, 2007)
US Open1R (2005)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Gold Medal (2008)
Last updated on: October 15, 2012.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Switzerland
Men's Tennis
Gold2008 BeijingDoubles

Stanislas Wawrinka ([vaˈvriŋka] va-VREENG-kah, born 28 March 1985) is a Swiss professional tennis player. He also holds German citizenship as his father is German. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 9, achieved on 9 June 2008. He considers clay his best surface and his serve and volley his best shot. He won the 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/Thomas Johansson in the final. They were also honoured with the 2008 Swiss Team of the Year Award.

John McEnroe believes Wawrinka has one of the most powerful backhands he has ever seen and describes him as having "the best one-handed backhand in the game today".[1]

Contents

Tennis career

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.

Juniors

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.

2003–2006

Wawrinka, one of four tennis-playing siblings, 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.[2]

In October 2006, Wawrinka reached a then career-high of World No. 29.

2007

In the 2007 Australian Open, Stan "The Man" Wawrinka reached the third round to be beaten by second-seed Rafael Nadal. He has so far never beaten Nadal, losing in Melbourne 2–6, 2–6, 2–6. 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. There, Nadal edged the Swiss in straight sets 4–6, 5–7.

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 6–3, 6–3, 6–3, in an amazing show of talent in the second round. There, he was ousted by Juan Ignacio Chela at the end of an impressive 3-hour 40-minute match 6–4, 2–6, 6–7, 6–1, 4–6.

2008

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.

In the 2008 Olympics, he teamed with Roger Federer in the men's doubles. They beat the favoured American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 7–6, 6–4, in the semifinals. They defeated Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the finals 6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 6–3, to win the gold medal.

He reached the fourth round of the 2008 US Open, where British player Andy Murray defeated him in straight sets 1–6, 3–6, 3–6.

2009

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 6–7, 6–7. The match lasted for 2 hours and 42 minutes.

At the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters, Wawrinka upset world no. 2 Roger Federer. Wawrinka's 6–4, 7–5, victory over Federer halted the chance of a fourth straight Nadal-Federer final in Monte Carlo.

At the 2009 French Open, he defeated Nicolas Devilder in five sets and Nicolás Massú 6–1, 6–1, 6–2. He lost to Nikolay Davydenko in the third round 3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6.

At Wimbledon, in the third round he defeated 21-year-old Jesse Levine, who had upset Marat Safin in the first round 5–7, 7–6, 6–3, 6–3.[3] 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."[4] Wawrinka was defeated by Andy Murray 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 3–6, 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.[5][6]

Wawrinka went on to play in the Davis Cup tie with Italy and won in his first match against Andreas Seppi 6–4, 6–1, 6–2.[7]

2010

Wawrinka started his 2010 season by reaching the finals of the Chennai Open, losing to Marin Čilić 6–7, 6–7. This was Wawrinka's fifth consecutive loss in an ATP final. He reached the third round at the Australian Open, losing to Čilić again. Stan 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 6–4, 0–6, 6–4, in the second round. In the quarterfinals, he easily defeated wildcard Reda El Amrani 6–3, 6–1. In the semifinals, he defeated Italian Potito Starace 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, to advance to his second ATP final of 2010. In the final, he defeated Romanian Victor Hănescu 6–2, 6–3 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. He then became the 13th seed at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and defeated Victor Hănescu in the first round 6–2, 6–4, in a rematch of the Casablanca final. He then beat Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6–1, 6–4, to advance to the third round. He was stopped by Novak Djokovic 4–6, 4–6. He continued his fine singles form by reached the quarterfinals in Rome, losing to Rafael Nadal 4–6, 2–6, and the semifinals in Belgrade, losing to John Isner 5–7, 5–7. At Roland Garros, where he was the 20th seed, he reached the fourth round without dropping a set, defeating Jan Hájek 6–1, 6–3, 6–3, in the first round. In the second round, he defeated German Andreas Beck 6–1, 6–4, 6–4, and in the third round, he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6–3, 6–4, 6–1, before losing to Roger Federer 3–6, 6–7, 2–6, in the fourth round. After an unsuccessful grass season, where he lost in the first round of Wimbledon, Stan separated from his coach since childhood and hired Peter Lundgren (former coach of Marat Safin and Roger 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.

Wawrinka serves during his upset win versus Andy Murray at the 2010 US Open.
Wawrinka serves during his upset win versus Andy Murray at the 2010 US Open

2011

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 quarterfinal of the Australian Open, after defeating Andy Roddick in three sets 6–3, 6–4, 6–4, and set up an all-Swiss quarterfinal with his compatriot Roger Federer, which he lost 1–6, 3–6, 3–6. 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 Donald Young in the second round of the 2011 US Open 6–7, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–7.[8]

In September 2011, Wawrinka announced that he has parted ways with Lundgren. He will play the rest of the season without a coach.[9]

At the 2011 Swiss Indoors Basel, Wawrinka made it to the semifinals, after defeating Florian Mayer in the quarterfinals. In an all-Swiss semifinal, he was defeated by Roger Federer 6–7, 2–6.

2012

Wawrinka started the season in Chennai, where he made the quarterfinals, before being defeated by Go Soeda.

At the Australian Open, he made it to the third round, defeating Benoît Paire and Marcos Baghdatis, before being eliminated by Nicolás Almagro.

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.

At the Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, he made it to the third round, losing to Gilles Simon.

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 Martin del Potro.

At the Masters 1000 event in Madrid, he was eliminated in the third round by then-world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.

In Rome, he defeated Robin Haase and Janko Tipsarević, before being defeated by Andreas Seppi in the third round.

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. [10]

He 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.[11] He teamed with Roger Federer again in doubles at the Olympics, but they were eliminated in the second round.[12]

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 US Open, Wawrinka reached the fourth round but was forced to retire in his match against second seed Novak Djokovic due to illness.

2013

At the 2013 Australian Open he made it to the fourth round. He lost a gruelling five set thriller against Novak Djokovic which lasted for just over 5 hours 6-1, 5-7, 4-6, 7-6, 10-12.

In the 1st round 2013 Davis Cup on 2nd February 2013, he played the longest ATP doubles match ever, with Marco Chiudinelli was defeated by Lukáš Rosol and Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic 4–6, 7–5, 4-6, 7–6(7–3), 22–24 in the match, lasting 7 hours, 2 minutes. It was the second longest ATP match ever (singles and doubles combined).

Playing style

Possessing one of the best single-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. His largest weakness has been considered his mental strength as he has been known to falter in the biggest matches. This is evident by his 3 out of 9 wins in tournament finals. Over the years, however, 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.

Personal life

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 a border region between Poland and the former Czechoslovakia. Wawrinka's mother Isabelle is Swiss. His mother works as a biodynamic farmer helping handicapped people. He has one older brother Jonathan, who teaches tennis, and two younger sisters Djanaée and Naëlla, who are students and tennis players.[13]

Wawrinka lived in Saint-Barthélemy (10 minutes from Lausanne) with his wife, Ilham Vuilloud, a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model.[13] They married on December 15, 2009. Vuilloud gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl named Alexia, on February 12, 2010. On January 4, 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.[14] [15] The couple has since reconciled.

In 2011, Wawrinka joined the administration council of ice hockey club Lausanne Lions, whose professional team currently plays in the Swiss National League B.

His hobbies include movies and music.[citation needed] He is good friends with fellow Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.[13][16]

Commercial endorsements

Wawrinka's corporate sponsors have included Yonex, Audi and Audemars Piguet.

Previously he used Head tennis racquets, first the Flexpoint Prestige MidPlus and Microgel Prestige pro, and then the YOUTEK Prestige Pro MidPlus.[17]

As of January 2012, Wawrinka wears Yonex clothing and shoes and uses a Yonex VCORE Tour 97 racquet.

Major finals

Olympic finals

Doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Gold medal2008Beijing OlympicsHardSwitzerland Roger FedererSweden Simon Aspelin
Sweden Thomas Johansson
6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3

Masters finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up2008RomeClaySerbia Novak Djokovic6–4, 3–6, 3–6

ATP career finals

Singles: 9 (3–6)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–3)
Clay (2–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up1.4 July 2005Gstaad, SwitzerlandClayArgentina Gastón Gaudio4–6, 4–6
Winner1.24 July 2006Umag, CroatiaClaySerbia Novak Djokovic6–6, retired
Runner-up2.22 July 2007Stuttgart, GermanyClaySpain Rafael Nadal4–6, 5–7
Runner-up3.14 October 2007Vienna, AustriaHard (i)Serbia Novak Djokovic4–6, 0–6
Runner-up4.5 January 2008Doha, QatarHardUnited Kingdom Andy Murray4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up5.11 May 2008Rome, ItalyClaySerbia Novak Djokovic6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up6.4 January 2010Chennai, IndiaHardCroatia Marin Čilić6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7)
Winner2.11 April 2010Casablanca, MoroccoClayRomania Victor Hănescu6–2, 6–3
Winner3.9 January 2011Chennai, IndiaHardBelgium Xavier Malisse7–5, 4–6, 6–1

Doubles: 6 (2–4)

Legend (Singles)
Olympic (1–0)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up1.11 July 2004Gstaad, SwitzerlandClaySwitzerland Marc RossetIndia Leander Paes
Czech Republic David Rikl
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up2.7 July 2008Gstaad, SwitzerlandClaySwitzerland Stéphane BohliCzech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
Slovakia Filip Polášek
6–3, 2–6, [9–11]
Winner1.16 August 2008Beijing, ChinaHardSwitzerland Roger FedererSweden Simon Aspelin
Sweden Thomas Johansson
6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up3.11 January 2009Chennai, IndiaHardSwitzerland Jean-Claude ScherrerUnited States Eric Butorac
United States Rajeev Ram
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up4.19 March 2011Indian Wells, United StatesHardSwitzerland Roger FedererUkraine Alexandr Dolgopolov
Belgium Xavier Malisse
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [7–10]
Winner2.6 January 2013Chennai, IndiaHardFrance Benoît PaireGermany Andre Begemann
Germany Martin Emmrich
6–2, 6–1

Singles performance timeline

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#APZ#POSF-BFSGNMSNH

Won tournament, or reached Final, Semifinal, Quarterfinal, Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage or lost in Qualification Round 3, 2, Round 1; absent from a tournament or participated in a team 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, the former of which has, from 1908–1924 and 1996–present, been awarded to the winner of a play-off match between losing semifinalists. The last two are for a Masters Series/1000 tournament that was relegated (Not a Masters Series) or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year. To avoid confusion, these charts are updated at the conclusion of (not during) a tournament.

Current till 2013 Australian Open.

Tournament20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013SRW–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian OpenALQLQ2R3R2R3R3RQF3R4R0 / 817–8
French OpenALQ3R1R2R3R3R4R4R4R0 / 816–8
WimbledonAA1R3R1R4R4R1R2R1R0 / 89–8
US OpenALQ3R3R4R4R1RQF2R4R0 / 818–8
Win–Loss0–00–04–35–46–49–47–49–49–48–43–10 / 3260–32
Olympic Games
Summer OlympicsNHANot Held2RNot Held1RNH0 / 21–2
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells MastersAAA2RAQF4RAQF3R0 / 511–5
Miami MastersAAA2RA2R4R3R2RA0 / 54–5
Monte Carlo MastersAAA1RA1RSF3RAQF0 / 59–5
Rome MastersAA2R1R1RF3RQF3R3R0 / 814–8
Madrid MastersAAAA1R3R3R3R1R3R0 / 67–6
Canada MastersAA1RA2R3R3R2RQFA0 / 69–6
Cincinnati MastersAAA3R1RA1R2R1RSF0 / 67–6
Shanghai MastersNot Masters Series3R2R3R3R0 / 47–4
Paris MastersAA2R2R3R2R1R3R1R3R0 / 87–8
Hamburg MastersAAA1R1R2RNot Masters Series0 / 31–3
Win–Loss0–00–02–35–73–613–816–913–810–714–70–00 / 5676–56
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals0–00–00–11–10–20–20–01–21–10–00–03 / 63–3
Year End Ranking1711685430361321211717

References

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