Last Updated on March 3, 2023
A powerful offensive baseliner capable of playing well on most surfaces, especially on clay and hard courts, player with one of the strongest one-handed backhands on tour is thirty-seven years old Stan Wawrinka.
Stan Wawrinka was born on 28th March 1985 in Lausanne, Switzerland in a family of mixed descent. His father Wolfram is German and works as a farmer and his mother Isabelle is Swiss and works as biodynamic farmer. Stan has older brother, Jonathan, and two younger sisters, Djanaee and Naella. They all grew up in their parent’s farm in the hamlet of Saint-Barthelemy2, near Lausanne.
Stan started playing tennis at the age of eight and practiced only once a week until the age of eleven when he trained three times a week. He started competing in the junior events by the age of fourteen and dropped out of school to focus full time on tennis.
His biggest result as junior was winning 2003 Junior Roland Garros, which led him to no.7 junior in the World. Stan’s favorite surface is clay and favorite shots are backhand and service.
As of his private life, he was married to a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model, Ilham Vuiloud, with whom he has a daughter, Alexia. Also, he was dating for four years with WTA player, Donna Vekic. Stan is a big hockey fan and supports Lausanne Ice Hockey Club. He is known for his nickname “Stan the Man” and “Stanimal”.
Who is Stan Wawrinka’s coach?
Since September 2022, Wawrinka has reunited with the coach who helped him win three Grand Slam titles, Magnus Norman.
Magnus Norman was born on 30th May 1976 in Filipstad, Sweden. He is former tennis player who won twelve ATP titles and was ranked as high as World no.2. After retirement he decided to spend time away from tennis, studied marketing and economics at IHM Business school in Stockholm and worked at Catella Fund Management.
But shortly, he realized that he missed tennis and still had a lot to give back, so started coaching. Later he founded his Good to Great Tennis Academy. He coached Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov, Robin Soderling, but his best results were achieved while coaching Wawrinka.
Stan and Magnus first start collaborating in season 2013. Wawrinka immediately showed progress and won his first title since 2011, at Oeiras Open. He started next season in big stile, by winning Australian Open.
Then he won two more ATP titles and reached his career-best ranking of world no.3. In next three years Stan won two more Grand Slams, 2015 Roland Garros and 2016 US Open. Also, in that period he won seven more ATP titles. At the end of season 2017 they split up due to Norman’s dedication to his family.
After one season break, they reunite for first time in 2019 and worked together until end of 2020, and second reunion came near the end of season 2022. Wawrinka’s desire is to win one more ATP title before retirement.
“He won three Grand Slams, Olympic Gold, Davis Cup, amazing career. He basically won everything. From my point of view as a coach, I tell Stan he should play tennis when he wants to, when he feels good. Try to enjoy it as much as possible the last couple years, that’s my input to him.” said Norman.
Former Stan Wawrinka’s coaches
First Stan’s coach for eight whole years, starting from 2002, was Frenchman Dimitri Zavialoff.
Dimitri Zavialoff was born on 15th February 1978 in France. He is former tennis player but didn’t have any significant results. As coach he worked with WTA players like Timea Bacsinszky and Johanna Konta.
His philosophy is to let his players to work things out for themselves. “The coach is helping from time to time and a good collaboration is needed, but the main thing for me is that the player is playing, not the coach,” he said.
As for Wawrinka, he introduced him to the world of tennis and coached him through his beginnings on the ATP Tour. In 2002 Stan became pro and in 2023 had his first steps on the tour. That year he won two Challenger titles. During season 2004 he played his first ever career ATP final at Gstaad Open, won two more Challengers and had his Davis Cup debut.
He finished the year as no.162 at ATP rankings. The next season was for Grand Slam debut, at Roland Garros after what came Wimbledon and US Open. Good results led him into top 50 tennis players.
In season 2006 Stan won his first ATP title playing at Umag Open and reached his at that time career-high ranking of no.29. Until the end of their collaboration Dimitri led Stan to one more ATP and two more Challenger titles, which entered him into top 10 players in the World.
After separation with Zavialoff, Stan hired Peter Lundgren.
Peter Lundgren was born on 29th January 1965 in Gudmundra, Sweden. He was one of the second-generation Swedish players along with Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Joakim Nystrom that followed after the success of Bjorn Borg.
During his playing career won 3 titles in singles (Cologne, San Francisco, and Rye Brook) and 3 titles in doubles (Tel Aviv, Newport and Sydney Indoor). Lundgren’s best ranking was 25th in the world; he retired at 30 years of age and then went into coaching.
“I was little up and down as player. Sometimes I could lose motivation and then suddenly get thrashed against lower ranked players.”
He made a name for himself as a coach when took Marcelo Rios into top 10. Worked for the Swiss Tennis Federation coaching juniors, among them Roger Federer for three years. In 2005 guided Marat Safin to the Australian Open title. His trainees were British Davies Cup team, Marcos Baghdatis, Daniela Hantuchova.
Although his collaboration with Wawrinka did not last long, he managed to led him to one ATP title at Chennai Open.
“Stan is in the middle of his career and he can improve so much, he has a good base< very professional and everything perfect outside the court.” said Lundgren about his trainee.
Ahead of 2016 Wimbledon, Stan recruited Richard Krajicek to his coaching team, as a specialist for grass court.
Richard Krajicek was born on 6th December 1971 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is former pro tennis player who won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon and remains the only Dutch male player to have won a major singles title.
In the quarterfinals of that tournament, he delivered Pete Sampras’ only defeat at Wimbledon between 1993 and 2000. Krajicek reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in March 1999. Since 2004, he has been the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. He is also the author of various sports books.
Since Wawrinka lost in the second round of 2016 Wimbledon, they ended their collaboration.
Same practice Stan had in the next year, when before gras court season he hired Paul Annacone.
Paul Annacone was born on 20th March 1963 in Southampton, New York. He is former touring pro tennis player, whose best result on tour was winning the 1985 Australian Open in doubles.
He achieved even greater success as coach, especially while working with Pete Sampras for six years. Paul also coached Tim Henman, Roger Federer, Sloan Stephens and Great Britain Davis Cup Team.
He is currently a coach at ProTennisCOach.com, a commentator at Tennis Channel and works with Taylor Fritz.
As for coaching Wawrinka, they did not have successful collaboration, since Stan lost in the first round of 2017 Wimbledon from debutant Daniil Medvedev.
Beginning from 2019, for almost four years, Wawrinka was coached by Daniel Vallverdu.
Daniel Vallverdu was born on 17th March 1986 in Valencia, Venezuela. He attended the Sanchez-Casal Barcelona Tennis Academy when he was 15 where he met Andy Murray and the two quickly became best friends. He did not have a significant career as a player, but his coaching pedigree is amazing.
In 2010 became Murray’s coach and worked actively alongside Ivan Lendl who joined the team in 2012. Memorable highlights of his coaching work with Murray are gold medal at London Olympics 2012, won US Open 2012 and Wimbledon 2013. He also trained Tomas Berdych and Karolina Pliskova.
While coaching Wawrinka, the Swiss came back to the tournament finals and won one Challenger title. Good results return him back to the top 150 players in the World.
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Stan Wawrinka’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Stan Wawrinka under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Magnus Norman||September 2022 – ongoing|
2019 – 2020
2013 – 2017
|2017 Geneva Open, ATP|
2016 US Open
2016 Chennai Open, ATP
2016 Dubai Open, ATP
2016 Geneva Open, ATP
2015 Roland Garros
2015 Chennai Open, ATP
2015 Rotterdam Open, ATP
2015 Tokyo Open, ATP
2014 Australian Open
2014 Monte Carlo, ATP
2014 Chennai Open, ATP
2013 Oeiras Open, ATP
|Daniel Valverdu||2019 – August 2022||2020 Prague Open, Challenger|
|Peter Lundgren||July 2010 – 2012||2011 Chennai Open, ATP|
|Dimitri Zavialoff||2002 – June 2010||2010 Lugano Open, Challenger|
2010 Casablanca Open, ATP
2009 Lugano Open, Challenger
2006 Umag Open, ATP
2004 Geneva Open, Challenger
2004 Barcelona Open, Challenger
2003 San Benedetto Del Tronto, Challenger
2003 Geneva Open, Challenger