Stanislas Wawrinka, famously known by the name "Stan," has three Grand Slam titles at the 2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open and 2016 US Open to his name. Here are some very interesting facts about the Swiss tennis player:
He was born Stanislas Wawrinka on March 28, 1985, in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German father and Swiss mother. He is descendent of Czech and German ancestry and hold dual Swiss-German citizenship.
In 2014, he requested the ATP for change in his name from Stanislas to Stan just for the convenience. He is officially going by the name Stan Wawrinka in the tournament draws and press conferences.
He grew-up in his parent’s farm in the hamlet of Saint-Barthelemy near Lausanne, which is also home to 75 adults with learning disability.
He is second of four children to Wolfram Wawrinka, a farmer and Isabelle,a biodynamic farmer. He has an elder brother Jonathan and two younger sisters, Djanaee and Naella.
He was described by ‘The Economist’ as the ‘tennis’s great latecomer,’ due to finding success late in his career.
Even as child, though he started playing tennis by the age of eight, he practiced only once a week until the age of eleven.
Wawrinka started competing in the international junior events by the age of 14 and at 15, he dropped out of school to focus full time on tennis. He continued his education by distance learning program.
In 2003, he entered the Junior French Open, as 5th seed and went on to win his first junior international tournament defeating Brian Baker of U.S, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final. He was ranked world # 7 in June 2003.
He turned professional in 2002, and made a steady progress to be ranked # 169 by the end of 2003.
On July 11, 2004, he reached his first career final in the doubles, partnering Marc Rosset in the Allianz Suisse Open, Gstaad. However he lost to Leander Paes and David Riki, 4-6, 2-6.
A year later on July 04, 2005, he reached his first singles final in the Swiss Open, yet again losing to Gaston Gaudio, Argentina, 4-6, 4-6.
He made his Grand Slam debut at 2005 French Open where he reached the third round before bowing out to the eventual runner-up Mariano Puerta. He also reached the third round of U.S Open that year, losing to Nicolas Massu.
Wawrinka won his first ATP tournament on July 24, 2006, at the Croatia Open, Croatia, when Novak Djokovic retired due to fatigue. His ranking improved from # 54 at the beginning of the year to then career high of #29 by the end of October 2006.
He crossed the Grand Slam third rounds for the first time at the 2007 U.S Open, when he overcame Robby Ginepri of U.S in five sets. He eventually lost in the next round to Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in five sets.
Although he did not win any singles titles in 2007 and 2008, he reached four ATP finals at Stuttgart Open, Vienna Open, Qatar Open and the Italian Open. Each time he lost in the finals to tournament top three seeds as an unseeded player. He reached his career high ranking of # 9 on June 09, 2008.
On August 16, 2008, Wawrinka won his first and only Olympic Gold medal at Beijing, China, when he partnered Roger Federer to defeat the Swedish pair Aspelin and Johansson in four sets.
On December 15, 2009, he married Ilam Vuilloud, a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model. They have a daughter named Alexia and the couples are not in the best of terms with claims and counterclaims.
He started the 2010 in a positive note when he reached the finals of Chennai Open and reached the third round of Australian Open. He lost both the time to Marin Cilic of Croatia.
After three years and five final match losing streak in ATP tournaments, he registered his second career win at the Casablanca Open, Morocco, on April 11, 2010. He defeated Victor Hanescu of Romania, 6-2, 6-2 in the finals.
He once again started the year impressively when he won Chennai Open, on January 09, 2011, for his third career title and reached the quarter finals of Australian Open defeating Andy Roddick, the eighth seed along the way.
At the 2012 London Olympics, he had the honor of being his country’s flag bearer during the Parade of Nations. On personal note he had disastrous Olympics, after being eliminatedearly in singles and doubles event.
On February 02, 2013, he played the longest ATP doubles match in history. During a Davis Cup match against Czech, he and Marco Chiudinelli were defeated by Rosol and Berdych, in 7 hours and 2 minutes.
In September 2013, he reached his first Grand Slam semi-finals at the U.S Open, when he was eliminated by # 1 seed Novak Djokovic, in five sets. His performance during the year took him to ATP World Tour Finals for the first time in his career.
In 2014, he ended his 14 match losing streak against Novak Djokovic and 13 match losing streak against Rafael Nadal, on the way to his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. He reached his career high ranking of # 3 following his triumph at Australian Open.
He was part of Switzerland history when it won the Davis Cup for the first time in 2014. Wawrinka won his singles and doubles match along with Federer to overcome France for the title.
In terms of Grand Slam performances 2015 was satisfying with his second Grand Slam title at the French Open, where he defeated Djokovic in the finals. Hehad to his credit two semi-finals finish at the Australian Open and U.S Open in the year. He also recorded his best finish at the Wimbledon, when he reached the quarterfinals that year.
After winning the 2015 French Open, he appeared in that years ‘ESPN Magazine’s’ The Body Issue, posing nude in athletic poses. He had been working to get his body into prime condition.
Wawrinka finds tattoos somewhat ugly and will see to that his children avoid them. But there is one tattoo which he finds revelatory, the one on his left forearm in italic script: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ On his right arm is his daughter’s name.
He earned his third Grand Slam title at the 2016 U.S Open, when he defeated Djokovic in four sets in the finals.
On October 25, 2017, he parted ways with his longtime coach Magnus Norman, bringing to an end one of the tennis’ most successful coaching relationship which started in April 2013. Dimitri Zavialoff, was his first coach from the age of eight until June 2010, when he replaced him with Peter Lundgren.