Stan Wawrinka: A Late Boomer But Still Winning

Stan Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka (born 28 March 1985) is a Swiss professional tennis player.

Wawrinka was born in Switzerland to a German father and a Swiss mother. He holds dual Swiss–German citizenship.

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 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 is the second Swiss male player to win a Grand Slam after Federer. 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.

Stan Wawrinka was always considered something of a late bloomer. The Swiss won his first of three majors, the 2014 Australian Open, just weeks before turning 29, and the last one two years later here in Flushing.

In 2009, Wawrinka was living in Saint-Barthélemy, about 20 km (12 mi) north of Lausanne, with his wife Ilham Vuilloud, a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model. They married on 15 December 2009.

Vuilloud gave birth to the couple’s child, a girl named Alexia, on 12 February 2010. On 4 January 2011, Swiss media reported that Wawrinka separated from the family, less than one year after his daughter’s birth.

The couple later reconciled, but on 19 April 2015, Wawrinka posted a statement on his Facebook page announcing their divorce. The following day, Vuilloud strongly disputed Wawrinka’s version of events.

Wawrinka began dating WTA player Donna Vekić in 2015, their relationship becoming public knowledge after Nick Kyrgios taunted Wawrinka over it during a match in Montreal. Kyrgios was subsequently fined and given a suspended ban for his comments. Wawrinka and Vekić were reported to have split in May 2019.

Wawrinka has a small collection of vehicles; as a result of his sponsorship agreements, he also owns a Subaru XV and an Impreza. Wawrinka has a Mercedes Class, which is one of the priciest vehicles in existence.

His modest automotive collection is thought to be worth $225,000.

Stan Wawrinka signed a record-breaking $20 million contract with Japanese sports equipment maker Yonex in 2014. The four-year contract, which covered apparel, footwear, and racquets over the period, was referred to by the Japanese manufacturer as the “most lucrative” endorsement ever.

Since 2016, they have covered everything in his gear, including his clothing, shoes, and racquets.

He also has endorsement agreements with Babolat, Head, and TGV Lyria.

Wawrinka has earned $36,272,404 million in career prize money so far, which puts him at the sixth spot in the all-time prize money list. The five players ahead of him are legends of the sport, Pete Sampras, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.

Wawrinka hasn’t made his intent to retire known yet.

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