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Stan Wawrinka

tennis player
Full name: Stanislas Wawrinka
Nickname: Stan, the Man
Born March 28, 1985 in Lausanne, Switzerland
Height 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight 174 lbs (79 kg)
Plays Right-handed
Coach Dimitri Zavialoff (from age 8 - June 2010), Peter Lundgren (Summer 2010 - September 2011), Magnus Norman (2013 - October 2017), (2018 - 2020), (2022 -) Richard Krajicek (2016), Daniel Vallverdu (2019-2022)
Bio He has won three Grand Slam singles titles in his career: the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open, and the 2016 US Open; each time he defeated the reigning world number one in the championship match (Rafael Nadal once and Novak Djokovic twice. Wawrinka is Olympic champion and Davis Cup champion for his country. He has reached a world ranking of No. 3, obtained on 27 February 2014 and held for several months.

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's 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, but on 19 April 2015 Wawrinka posted a statement on his Facebook page announcing their divorce.
Wawrinka is currently dating the Croatian tennis player Donna Vekić.

In 2011, Wawrinka joined the administrative council of ice hockey club Lausanne HC, whose professional team currently plays in the Swiss National League A. He is a friend of fellow Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.

His career-high singles ranking is world No. 3. He considers clay his best surface and his serve and backhand his best shot. At the Masters level he has played in three finals, winning one (the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters). In doubles and team tennis for Switzerland, he has won a gold medal in the men's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, partnering with Roger Federer, and the Davis Cup in 2014. They were also honoured with the 2008 Swiss Team of the Year Award. He also made the semifinals of the 2013 US Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. He also played in the longest doubles match in history at the Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in 2013 partnering Marco Chiudinelli.

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 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. He also survived a fightback from No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic at the 2015 French Open final, being down one break of serve in the fourth set, before breaking Djokovic's service twice to clinch the title.

He is one of the few active players on tour to have reached the quarterfinal stage of all four Grand Slams. He is also one of only three players (alongside Tomáš Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) to have Grand Slam wins against each of the Big Four (namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray).

John McEnroe believes that 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".

He has been described by The Economist as "Tennis’s great latecomer", due to finding success later in his career. Prior to the 2014 French Open, he requested and the ATP granted a formal change in his name from "Stanislas Wawrinka" to "Stan Wawrinka", stating that he plans to use the abbreviated name in tournament draws and press conferences.

Misc 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.
On his right arm he has his daughter's name.
He is a huge fan of the Lausanne HC, his hometown ice hockey team.
Tournament AO RG W US Win-Loss
2005 A R32 R128 R32 4-3
2006 R64 R128 R32 R32 5-4
2007 R32 R64 R128 R16 6-4
2008 R64 R32 R16 R16 9-4
2009 R32 R32 R16 R128 7-4
2010 R32 R16 R128 QF 9-4
2011 QF R16 R64 R64 9-4
2012 R32 R16 R128 R16 8-4
2013 R16 QF R128 SF 12-4
2014 CH R128 QF QF 15-3
2015 SF CH QF SF 21-3
2016 R16 SF R64 CH 16-3
2017 SF RU R128 A 11-3
2018 R64 R128 R64 R32 4-4
2019 R64 QF R64 QF 10-4
2020 QF R32 A A 6-2
2021 R64 A A A 1-1
2022 A R128 R128 R128 0-3
2023 R128 R64 R32 R32 5-4
2024 R128 R64 R64 A 2-3
Win-Loss 44-17 46-18 23-18 47-15 160-68