Stanislas Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka [ vavriŋka ] ( born March 28, 1985 in Lausanne ) is a Swiss tennis player who plays on the professional tour since 2002. On 12 May 2008 he stood for the first time among the top 10 world tennis rankings. Since April 2013 he is coached by former Swedish tennis player Magnus Norman, with whom he celebrated his biggest success so far January 26, 2014 winning the title at the Australian Open. With this victory, he reached position 3 in the world rankings, the best finish of his career.

His favorite toppings are clay and hard courts where he played 14 of his 15 final appearances. Its particular strength is its one-handed backhand, which is among the best in the world.

  • 6.1 tournament schedule 2014
  • 6.2 Tournament Win
  • 6.3 Current account at major tournaments

Childhood and youth

Stanislas Wawrinka grew up together with his brother Jonathan and his two sisters Djanaée and Naélla up on a farm in Saint -Barthélemy in the canton of Vaud, where a home for the disabled is connected. His grandfather, who had immigrated from Germany to Switzerland, was an organic farmer. His father tungsten Wawrinka, formerly himself a farmer, and his mother Isabelle Wawrinka both work for the Home for the Disabled. Stanislas attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Crissier around 12 km away.

For tennis Wawrinka and his three- year older brother Jonathan came through friends of the parents from Alsace, whose sons Dimitri and Gregory Zavialoff in the courtyard of Wawrinkas spent their summer holidays and there beat balls on the tennis court. Dimitri Zavialoff later for 15 years Wawrinkas coach.

In tennis club Echallens Wawrinka started playing tennis. As Dimitri Zavialoff was with training to tennis instructor had just finished, he was hired by the parents Wawrinkas. He became his trainer and graduated with him during three winter training camp in Barcelona, ​​where he learned what it all needs as a future professional tennis player. With 16 years Wawrinka took part in the European Championships, where he reached the semifinals.


Beginning of the professional career (2002-2004)

His first attempts on the professional tour made ​​Wawrinka at ITF tournaments. In 2003, he reached his first final in Cartagena, Spain, which he lost to Iván Navarro in three sets. In the same year he won two tournaments on the ATP Challenger Tour and gained his first experience on the ATP World Tour, as he received a total of three wildcards tournament lines. At the French Open, he won his first and only Grand Slam title at youth level. In the final, he defeated about a month younger Brian Baker with 7:5, 4:6 and 6:3. This year he finished at position 171 of the world tennis rankings. Just a year later he made his debut in the Swiss Davis Cup team against Romania, but lost his first match against Victor Hanescu in three sets. Again he won two titles on the Challenger Tour; during the year, he participated in a total of six tournaments on the ATP World Tour, but lost each of his opening match.

First tournament win and into the top 100 in the world rankings (2005-2007)

The final breakthrough to the pro tour succeeded Wawrinka in the 2005 season, where he took part, among others, three of the four Grand Slam tournaments and moved both the French Open and the U.S. Open each in the third round. In July 2005, he played for the first time in the final of an ATP tournament. In his home tournament in Gstaad, he became the Argentine Gaston Gaudio over, but in the end had to give clearly beaten in straight sets. With its two wins over Andy Murray and Alan Mackin in the play- offs of the Davis Cup, had Wawrinka large share of the whereabouts of the Swiss Davis Cup team in the World Group. The end result was finally 5:0 against the British. At the end of the year he was in position 55 in the world rankings, so that he had made good 114 positions during the year.

The year 2006 began with a first round defeat in Doha and the semi-finals in Auckland. In July Wawrinka could celebrate his first tournament victory on the ATP World Tour. At the tournament in Umag Croatia he profited in the finals at the registry of 6:6 from the task of his opponent Novak Djokovic. After he had previously lost a few places in the world rankings, he moved after the victory in Umag back 16 places to position 53 before. At the U.S. Open he reached the third round as last year and towards the end of the season he played in his home tournament in Basel once again in the semifinals, he lost to Fernando González. The year ended Wawrinka at position 30 in the world rankings, so he could make up 25 positions to last year again.

After a rather moderate start in the 2007 season, he managed at the Australian Open to leap into the third round. Then came a time when Wawrinka nothing more and he retired in seven of the next eight tournaments each made in the first round. Only at the French Open, he was on the opening lap, but went again in the second round losers from the square. In July he played himself at the ATP tournament in Stuttgart to the finals. There he defeated the then world number two Rafael Nadal 4:6 and 5:7. At the U.S. Open, he then stood for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament, the first three rounds. After five set victories in the first and third round Wawrinka had to go against Juan Ignacio Chela over the full distance in his second round. He lost the match almost 6:4, 2:6, 6:7 ( 6:8 ), 6:1 and 4:6. In October he was in Vienna for the fourth time in a final on the ATP World Tour, but suffered his third final defeat against Novak Djokovic.

First-time position in the Top 10 (2008-2012)

At the very first tournament of the year Wawrinka reached the final of the ATP tournament in Doha, but it lost to the British Andy Murray in three sets. In Indian Wells, he managed for the first time in his Karrrie the quarter-finals of a Masters tournament. His best result in the 2008 season, he reached at the Masters tournament in Rome, where he entered his sixth ATP Finals, but lost to Novak Djokovic in the three sets. Due to this success, he reached the top ten of world tennis rankings for the first time. In the following French Open he reached the third round for the first time, left there but against Fernando González. After the tournament, he took 9th place with one of his then the highest ranking in the world rankings. At Wimbledon, he made the first jump into the second round of a Grand Slam tournament.

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing Wawrinka belonged to the squad of the Swiss team. He stepped to the side of the world number one Roger Federer in the singles and in doubles. While he was eliminated in the individual event already in the second round against Jurgen Melzer, he could win the doubles final against Sweden Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson together with Roger Federer. This gold medal was the first big success for Wawrinka. The two Swiss gave throughout the tournament from only a single sentence. At the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, the U.S. Open, he was again in the second round and finished the year finally at position 13 in the world rankings.

The year 2009 Wawrinka began the third round at the Australian Open reached. At the Masters Series tournament in Monte Carlo, he reached the semifinals, but lost to Novak Djokovic that he in three sets for the first time. At the French Open he made after 2005 for the second time to move into the third round where finally the tournament was over for him. Then we went to Challenger tournament in Lugano, where he won a total of five Challenger titles. At Wimbledon, Wawrinka reached the second round, he lost to Andy Murray in five sets as in the previous year. This game was played on Centre Court for the first time under the roof closed, at the same time it was the latest finished match at Wimbledon ( 22:38 clock ). In September he had with his victory over Andreas Seppi relevant in the Davis Cup Contribution to stay in the World Group for Switzerland. In the first round, losing to Switzerland USA with 1:4, where Wawrinka won his match against James Blake. At the end of the season he was on position 21 in the world rankings.

In January 2010, he moved to Chennai in his seventh final, which he lost to Marin Cilic but after two tie- breaks. At the Australian Open, he retired in the third round also against Cilic. In April, he improved his final game balance to 2:6, after winning the final against Victor Hanescu 6-2 and 6-3 in the tournament in Casablanca. At the French Open he reached the second round, where he clearly was eliminated against his countryman and friend Roger Federer in three sets for the first time. As of August 2010 was the new coach Peter Lundgren from Wawrinka, having just had to mention separated from his longtime trainer Dimitri Zavialoff without spending serious reasons. At the U.S. Open Wawrinka reached for the first time ever the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. The game he lost in five sets against Mikhail almost Youzhny.

In January 2011, he celebrated his third tournament victory in Chennai, as he gave the Belgians Xavier Malisse defeated in the final. At the Australian Open Wawrinka lost in the quarter- final against his compatriot Roger Federer in three sets. At the French Open, he lost as last year against Federer in the second round in three sets. At Wimbledon and the U.S. Open was for each Wawrinka in the second round deadline. In September 2011, Wawrinka announced that he would continue the collaboration with Peter Lundgren immediately terminate and the season without a coach. Then he could only at his home tournament in Basel yet to convince and reached the semifinals, where he again lost to Federer. At the end of the year he was four places further forward than at the beginning of the season, at position 17 in the world rankings.

The National Olympic Committee of Switzerland announced on July 23, 2012 that Wawrinka, the Swiss delegation leads at the Summer Olympic Games in London at the opening ceremony as the flag bearer. Wawrinka walked to both the individual as well as to defend their title in doubles with Roger Federer. While he was eliminated in the first round against Andy Murray in the singles, he and Federer survived a double in the first round and finally eliminated in the second round against the duo Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram from. In Cincinnati, he reached the semi-finals for the first time then he losing to Roger Federer in straight sets. Thus, his record against Federer deteriorated to a victory against eleven defeats. At the U.S. Open, he was eliminated in the second round against Novak Djokovic. With his win over Robin Haase Wawrinka was substantially share in the fate of the Swiss Davis Cup team in the World Group. The team won the match 3-2 against the Netherlands. At the end of the season he was like last year at position 17 in the world rankings.

Return to the top 10 and the first Grand Slam semi-final (2013 )

His best ever season played Wawrinka 2013. His first tournament he played in Chennai, where he indeed already eliminated in the quarterfinals in singles, but was able to win the tournament in the doubles side by Benoît Paire. In the subsequent Australian Open he met in the second round to the number 1, Novak Djokovic. After clearly derived prelude set and break lead in the second set Djokovic won the second and third sets before Wawrinka leveled at 2-2. After five hours and two minutes of playing time, Djokovic sat by 12-10 in the fifth set. Wawrinka himself said after his defeat of his so far best game of his career. He was especially mentally been very strong and had always been quiet and opportunity for chance worked out even if it ultimately was not enough for the win. After a three week break we went for Wawrinka to Buenos Aires, where he played himself in the Copa Claro to the finals where he lost to top-seeded David Ferrer in the three sets.

With his victory in the second round against Andy Murray at the Monte - Carlo Rolex Masters, he secured his compatriot Roger Federer the second position in the world rankings. Before the tournament, Wawrinka committed to Sweden Magnus Norman as their new coach. Norman, who had performed as a coach Robin Soderling in two Grand Slam finals, Wawrinka should stand to the side on a trial basis at the major tournaments.

At the tournament in Oeiras Portugal Wawrinka reached the final again against David Ferrer, whom he defeated in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. He celebrated his fourth single title on the ATP Tour. A week later he was again in the finals of a clay court tournament. After victories over Tsonga in the quarterfinals and Berdych in the semifinal he was in the final of the Madrid Masters over the clay court king Rafael Nadal: Wawrinka lost with 2:6 and 4:6. By the finals, however, he secured the return to the top ten in the world rankings, under which he had been standing for the last time in October 2008.

Because of thigh pain which he had contracted before the French Open, his participation in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year was up shortly before the tournament uncertain. Nevertheless, he decided to compete and was placed at position 9. After victories over Thiemo de Bakker, Horacio Zeballos and Jerzy Janowicz he met in the second round to local favorite Richard Gasquet, whom he defeated 0-2 record despite residue. Thus, he moved first to the quarter -finals of the French Open. Against Rafael Nadal, he lost this one more time without winning any set with 6:2, 6:3 and 6:1.

In 's- Hertogenbosch Wawrinka took part in the Topshelf Open, to prepare for the third Grand Slam tournament of the year at Wimbledon. Placed at number two, he played in his fourth final this year and was the clear favorite in the game. However, he lost to Nicolas Mahut qualifiers clearly in two sentences. At Wimbledon, Wawrinka was eliminated in the first round as last year.

Thanks to a surprisingly clear victory in the quarter-final against Andy Murray at the U.S. Open, Wawrinka reached the semi-finals for the first time in his career a Grand Slam tournament where he met the world number one Novak Djokovic. After winning start set 6-2, he lost the second set in a tiebreak, but then decided the third set back in his favor. After that, Djokovic turned on and decided the following two sets for itself.

Despite the early exit at the China Open, he reached on October 7 with 8 Place a new best position in the world rankings. In the struggle for participation in the ATP World Tour Finals 2013 Wawrinka benefited at the Masters tournament in Shanghai from the first round defeat of his direct opponent Richard Gasquet, who had been lying before the tournament, only 20 points behind him. Wawrinka, however, preferring to the quarterfinals, where he lost a second time without set win against Nadal, which he set three balls failed to score in the first sentence. Since Tsonga reached the semifinals at the Shanghai Masters, Wawrinka fell back to position 9 in the world rankings, but first attracted by in the race-to - London - ranking to Roger Federer. In Basel, he failed as the previous year in the first round.

On 31 October 2013, Wawrinka qualified for the first time in his career on the ATP World Tour Finals, as he was able to win his second round match against Nicolas Almagro at the Paris Masters and later his opponent Milos Raonic lost his game. In the group stage, he was officially introduced to the world number one Rafael Nadal, the Spanish compatriot David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych. While he had against Nadal once again left empty-handed, he could defeat his other two group opponents in three sets and thus equal to move in with his first participation to the semifinals, where he met once more on Novak Djokovic, but clearly beaten in straight sets to give had. This year he finished at position 8 in the world rankings.

Victory at the Australian Open (2014)

In November 2013 Wawrinka announced that he would prolong and intensify the cooperation with his coach Magnus Norman. Norman had decided to continue to accompany the Swiss frequently in his tournaments. Already in his first tournament of the new year Wawrinka won the tournament in Chennai for themselves. With a two- set victory over Edouard Roger -Vasselin he first won a tournament twice after he had there, then won the final against Xavier Malisse, the title in 2011. The greatest success of his career he was able to celebrate at the Australian Open. In his first final at a Grand Slam tournament, he defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets. Already in the quarter-finals Novak Djokovic had beaten against which it was 2013, narrowly defeated in five sets. Its series of 25 consecutive victories at the Australian Open was therefore also completed. With this victory he won a prize of equivalent to about 2.14 million Swiss francs and moved on 27 January 2014, at the third position in the world rankings before. Thanks to a 3-2 victory over Serbia reached Wawrinka and his teammates for the first time since 2004, the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup. In the days that he gave for the tournaments in Montpellier, Rotterdam and Marseille his refusal known, since he had previously suffered a leg injury.

Play and special features

His backhand and his charges, which reach a speed of up to 232 km / h are considered his strengths. In general, it is a solid and powerful player who usually operates from the baseline. Even if it is set by the opponent under pressure, he creates it with a slice repeatedly to keep his opponent at the baseline and take the pace out of the game. As for the space it is highly variable. It prefers clay and hard courts. As weakness was long be breaking into big games. This occupied his finals and the record against the best of the ATP world rankings. Over the years, however, Wawrinka has improved his mental strength, because in training under Magnus Norman and emphasis is on exactly that weakness.

Wawrinka is often titled with the name "Marathon Man" or "Marathon Stan" because he always plays in bigger tournaments games over the full distance of three or five sets, which are highly competitive. He also was the longest ever played, for example, Davis Cup match on the tennis court. When encountering Switzerland against Czech Republic in the 2013 season Wawrinka played alongside Marco Chiudinelli against the double Tomáš Berdych and Lukas Rosol. The match lasted a total of 7 hours and a minute before the end Chiudinelli underwent a double fault. The result was finally 4:6, 7:5, 4:6, 7:6 and 22:24 in favor of the Czechs.

Another very competitive match there was at the Australian Open in 2013, when met Wawrinka in the second round to top-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic. Despite the clearly gained boot record ( 6-1 ) and a 5-3 lead in the second set with his serve Djokovic was the sets two and three to decide for themselves. The fourth set was won by the Swiss in the tiebreak. The fifth passage alone lasted 104 minutes and ended 12-10 in favor of the world number one. The match lasted a total of 5 hours and 2 minutes at a score of 1:6, 7:5, 6:4, 6:7 ( 5:7 ), 12:10 in the favor of Djokovic.


6 December 2008 Wawrinka and Roger Federer won in the election for Swiss Sportsman of the Year in the category team of the year. Decisive here was winning the gold medal in doubles competition at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

On January 11, 2014 Wawrinka was elected to the Swiss of the Year in 2013 as successor to cross-country skier Dario Cologna. He won the election before the Cabarettduo Divertimento (2nd place), and by his close friend, the singer Bastian Baker ( 3rd place).


Wawrinka has both the German and the Swiss citizenship. His father Wolfram is German, his mother Isabelle Swiss. His Citizenship is Hallau (SH ).

Since 2009, Wawrinka is married to his longtime girlfriend Ilham Vuilloud. In February 2010, their daughter Alexia was born. In January 2011, the two announced their separation, as Wawrinka wanted to concentrate fully on the tennis for the remaining time in professional sports. A year later, the two have found each other again.

Wawrinka is an avowed fan of the Swiss Ice Hockey Club Lausanne HC and sits on its board.

Current account

Tournament schedule 2014

1 The abbreviation (i) = indoors means that the tournament in question will be held in a hall. Mean 2 Tournament results are in brackets indicate that the player has not yet finished the tournament, and show its current tournament status. After the end of the tournament for the player, the bracketing will be removed. Stanislas Wawrinka 3 must first nor for the ATP World Tour Finals qualify.

Tournament Win

Single (6 )

(*) Names of the tournament until 2008 Categories: ATP World Tour Finals = Tennis Masters Cup ATP World Tour Masters 1000 = ATP Masters Series (2004-2008), Tennis Masters Series (2000-2003) ATP World Tour 500 = International Series Gold ATP World Tour 250 = International Series

Double (2 )

(*) Names of the tournament until 2008 Categories: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 = ATP Masters Series (2004-2008), Tennis Masters Series (2000-2003) ATP World Tour 500 = International Series Gold ATP World Tour 250 = International Series

Current account at major tournaments

Legend: S = tournament victory; F, HF, VF, AF = finals / semifinals / quarterfinals / knockout stages; 1R, 2R, 3R = eliminated in the first / second / third main round; RR = Round Robin ( Group Stage )

1 tournament result in brackets means that the player has not finished the tournament; it displays its current tournament status. After the player has finished the tournament, the clamp is removed. 2 prior to 2009 Tennis Masters Cup. 3 The Masters tournament in Madrid was held before 2002 in Stuttgart, Essen and Stockholm. In 2009 took place a pad change from hard court to sand. 4 The tournament Hamburg Masters is no longer part of the series since 2009. 5 PO = Playoff ( promotion and relegation round of the Davis Cup World Group ). 6 In contrast to the ATP rankings are here (as well as runners-up and won titles in the number ) counted only tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the four Grand Slam tournaments and the ATP World Tour Finals, ie no Challenger or Futures tournaments or team events ( Davis Cup and World Team Cup). However, the latter count in the win / loss statistics. 7 Since the 2009 season, no ATP tournaments are more played on carpet. 8 Stand: March 31, 2014