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Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka is a Swiss professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals world No. 3 singles ranking for the first time on 27 January 2014.

His career highlights include three Grand Slam titles at the 2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open and 2016 US Open, where he defeated the No. 1 player in the final on all three occasions, reaching the final of the 2017 French Open, winning an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Monte-Carlo

Masters in 2014, and reaching three other finals at 2008 Rome, 2013 Madrid and 2017 Indian Wells. As a competitor for Switzerland, Wawrinka won gold in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with teammate Roger Federer, and was also pivotal in the Swiss team’s victory at the 2014 Davis Cup.

Wawrinka considers clay his best and favorite surface and his serve and backhand his best shots. John McEnroe once said that Wawrinka has one of the most powerful backhands ever, and in 2009 described him as having “the best one-handed backhand in the game.”

He has been described by The Economist as “Tennis’s great latecomer”, owing to finding success late 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.

  • Full name: Stanislas Wawrinka
  • Profession: Tennis player
  • Born: 28 March 1985 (age 35 years), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Grand slams won (singles): 3
  • Height: 1.83 m
  • Tour Finals: SF (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Spouse: Ilham Vuilloud (m. 2009–2015)
  • Olympic Games: 2R (2008)
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About Stanislas Wawrinka

Stanislas was born on 28 March 1985 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Wawrinka started playing tennis at the age of eight, and played once a week until he was eleven, when he started to practice three times a week.

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 turned professional in 2002 at the age of 17. He was coached from age eight until June 2010 by Dimitri Zavialoff.

Wawrinka is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, Olympic champion and Davis Cup champion for his country.

He achieved a Top 10 ranking by the ATP for the first time on 12 May 2008, and first reached a career peak of world No. 3 on 27 January 2014, at the same time as he became the Swiss No. 1.

He has reached four Grand Slam singles finals in his career to date, winning three: the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open and the 2016 US Open; each time he defeated the reigning world No. 1 in the championship match (Rafael Nadal once and Novak Djokovic twice, respectively).

In doubles and team tennis for Switzerland, he has won a gold medal in the men’s doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, partnering with Roger Federer, and the Davis Cup in 2014.

He played in the longest doubles match in history at the 2013 Davis Cup, in a tie against the Czech Republic, partnering with Marco Chiudinelli.