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Stanislas Wawrinka (born 28 March 1985 in Lausannemarker) is a Swissmarker professional tennis player. His career ranking high is #9, achieved on 9 June 2008.

He considers clay his best surface, and the backhand his best shot. He won the gold medal for Switzerlandmarker 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. As "golden team FedRinka" 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".

Career

Wawrinka stopped attending regular schooling at age 15 to focus full-time on tennis. However, he continued his schooling by distance education with French organization "CNED", which offered him greater flexibility with studying times.

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 finishing as the number 14 junior.

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 has been coached since age eight by Dimitri Zavialoff.

In the 2007 Australian Open, Wawrinka reached the 3rd round to be beaten by second seed Rafael Nadal. He has so far never beaten Nadal, losing in Melbourne 6–2 6–2 6–2. He showed some impressive backhand skills, but was unable to deal with Nadal's heavy game.

In October 2006, Wawrinka reached a career high No. 29 and had high hopes to reach the Top 20 in 2007. But those plans were put on hold when 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 Stuttgartmarker in July. There, Nadal edged the Swiss in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5.

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 3h40 match (4–6, 6–2, 7–6 [6], 1–6, 6–4).

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. On 15 August, they beat the favoured American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 7–6 (6), 6–4 in the semifinals. They defeated Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Swedenmarker in the finals, 6–3, 6–4, 6–7 (4), 6–3 to win the Gold Medal.

He reached the 4th round of the 2008 US Open, where British player Andy Murray defeated him in straight sets 6–1, 6–3, 6–3. Fellow Swiss player Roger Federer would eventually defeat Murray in the final.

Wawrinka lost to Rafael Nadal in the 4th Round at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Openmarker in Key Biscayne. Nadal came from behind in both sets to beat Wawrinka 7–6 (2), 7–6 (4). The match lasted for two hours and 42 minutes.

At the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters, Wawrinka upset his friend and compatriot, World No. 2 Roger Federer. Wawrinka's 6–4, 7–5, victory over Federer halted the chances at a fourth straight Nadal-Federer final in Monte Carlo.

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

In Wimbledon 2009, in the third round he defeated 21-year-old Canadian-born American Jesse Levine (who had upset Marat Safin in the first round), 5–7, 7–5, 6–3, 6–3. 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."Wawrinka was defeated by Andy Murray 2-6 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-3 in the fourth round.The match was also a debut usage of the new roof on Centre Courtmarker and was recorded the latest played match in The Wimbledon Championships which lasted until 22:37BST. .

Wawrinka went to play in the Davis Cup tie with Italy, and won in his first match against Andreas Seppi at the Valletta Cambiaso Clubs red clay courts with a score of 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

Personal life

The surname Wawrinka is of Polishmarker descent, but he is only Polish by ancestry. His father Wolfram is German, and his mother Isabelle is Swiss. Both work on a biodynamic farm helping handicapped people. Wawrinka's grandparents are Czechmarker. He has one older brother Jonathan, who teaches tennis, and two younger sisters Djanaée and Naëlla, who are students and tennis players.

Wawrinka currently lives in Saint-Barthélemymarker (10 minutes from Lausanne) with his girlfriend of four years, Ilham Vuilloud, a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model. Vuilloud is also pregnant with their first child.

His hobbies include movies and music. He is good friends with Scottish no.1 Andy Murray, and both are fanatical go-karters, and Roger Federer.

Commercial endorsements

Wawrinka's corporate sponsors include Lacoste, Head, adidas and Hublot Genève.

He plays using Head tennis racquets. As of June 2009, he played with the MicroGel Prestige MidPlus. Previously he used the Flexpoint Prestige MidPlus.

Olympic men's doubles final

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Gold 2008 Beijing Olympics Hard Roger Federer Simon Aspelin

Thomas Johansson
6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3


Career finals

Singles (5)

Win (1)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /

ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /

ATP World Tour 500 Series (0)
ATP International Series /

ATP World Tour 250 Series (1)


No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 24 July 2006 Umag, Croatiamarker Clay Novak Djokovic 6–6, retired


Runner-ups (4)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 22 July 2007 Stuttgart, Germanymarker Clay Rafael Nadal 6–4, 7–5
2. 14 October 2007 Vienna, Austriamarker Hard (i) Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–0
3. 5 January 2008 Doha, Qatarmarker Hard Andy Murray 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
4. 11 May 2008 Rome, Italymarker Clay Novak Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 6–3


Men's doubles (1)

Win

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 16 August 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, Chinamarker Hard Roger Federer Simon Aspelin

Thomas Johansson
6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3


Singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current as far as the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, which began on June 22, 2009.
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career Win–Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Openmarker A A A LQ LQ 2R 3R 2R 3R 0 / 4 6–4
French Openmarker A A A LQ 3R 1R 2R 3R 3R 0 / 5 7–5
Wimbledonmarker A A A A 1R 3R 1R 4R 4R 0 / 5 8–5
US Openmarker A A A LQ 3R 3R 4R 4R 1R 0 / 5 10–5
Win Ratio 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 19 N/A
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–3 5–4 6–4 9–4 7–4 N/A 31–19
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Mastersmarker A A A A A 2R A QF 4R 0 / 3 7–3
Miami Mastersmarker A A A A A 2R A 2R 4R 0 / 3 3–3
Monte Carlo Mastersmarker A A A A LQ 1R A 1R SF 0 / 3 4–3
Rome Mastersmarker A A A A 2R 1R 1R F 3R 0 / 5 8–5
Madrid Masters A A A A A A 1R 3R 3R 0 / 3 3–3
Canada Masters A A A A 1R A 2R 3R 3R 0 / 4 5–4
Cincinnati Masters A A A A LQ 3R 1R A 1R 0 / 3 2–3
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Paris Masters A A A A 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 5 4–5
Hamburg Mastersmarker A A A A LQ 1R 1R 2R NM1 0 / 3 1–3
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 2R NH 0 / 1 1–1
Career Statistics
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career
Tournaments Played 0 0 4 6 13 24 22 24 N/A 113
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 N/A 1
Runner-ups 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 N/A 4
Year End Ranking 1044 660 171 168 54 30 36 13 N/A N/A


References

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8122619.stm
  2. straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com
  3. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6591410.ece
  4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/results/6236930.stm
  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8125471.stm
  6. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6600994.ece
  7. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6597015.ece
  8. http://www.head.com/corporate/news.php?id=1197


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