by: TennisMood 45

Stan Wawrinka

“As a tennis player, you have to get used to losing every week. Unless you win the tournament, you always go home as a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better!”

Stan Wawrinka: Rules of Life(33 y.o.)
Stan Wawrinka

Personal Facts


  • Stan Wawrinka began playing at 8, full name is Stanislas Wawrinka.
  • Nicknamed “Stan the Man” and “Stanimal”.
  • Holds dual German and Swiss citizenship.
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  • At 15 stopped school to focus full-time on tennis, however he finished distance education with the French organization CNED.
  • Turned pro in 2002, at age 17.
  • His fast serve reached 232 km/h (144 mph).
  • Offensive baseliner, plays well on most surfaces, especially on clay and hard courts.
  • Surname is Polish, but he is only Polish by ancestry (paternal great-grandfather originated from the border region between Poland and the former Czechoslovakia).
  • Tattoos: quote of the Irish writer Samuel Beckett in English: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better" on left forearm and the daughter's name on his right arm.
  • Enjoys watching movies and hearing music. An avid fan of the Lausanne HC, his native land ice hockey team.
  • Favorite surface is clay and favorite shot is backhand, once described by John McEnroe as "the best one-handed backhand in the game." Featured in ESPN The Magazine Body Issue in 2015.
  • Career peak as No. 3 in the World and the Swiss No. 1. on January 2014.

Stan Wawrinka's Family and Private Life

  • Father, Wolfram, is German of Czech ancestry; mother, Isabelle, is Swiss ,both work on an organic farm, helping disabled people.
  • Elder brother, Jonathan, teaches tennis; younger sisters, Djanaée and Naélla, students and tennis players.
  • Ex-wife Ilham Vuilloud, a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model( married on December 15, 2009, divorced on April 19, 2015).
  • Daughter, Alexia (born Feb. 12, 2010).
  • Currently Stan Wawrinka is dating the Croatian tennis player Donna Vekić.


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  • Flag-bearer for Switzerland at 2012 London Olympics.
  • Nominated 2013 “Swiss of the Year” by his country’s TV audience.
  • Voted 2015 Swiss Sportsman of the Year.
  • Supports the “Let it Beat” foundation.
  • Stan Wawrinka is a Member of ATP Player Council from June 2014-16.

Personal Team & Coaching

  • Fitness trainer is Pierre Paganini.
  • In 2013 added Magnus Norman as a new coach.
  • Added Richard Krajicek to coaching team ahead of 2016 grass-court season.
  • Works and travels part-time with Yannick Fattebert.

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