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Obscure facts: Wawrinka. Really?

Posted by tennisplanet on July 28, 2010

John McEnroe believes Wawrinka has one of the most powerful backhands he has ever seen and describes him as having “the best one-handed backhand in the game today”.

Best Slam result: 4th round.

Career high rank: 9.

Wawrinka, one of four tennis-playing siblings, turned pro in 2002 at the age of 17.

The surname Wawrinka is of Polish origin.

His father Wolfram is German, and his mother Isabelle is Swiss. Both work on a biodynamic farm helping handicapped people.

He has one older brother Jonathan, who teaches tennis, and two younger sisters Djanaée and Naëlla, who are students and tennis players.

Wawrinka currently lives in Saint-Barthélemy (10 minutes from Lausanne) with his wife, Ilham Vuilloud, a Swiss television presenter and former fashion model.

Vuilloud gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl named Alexia.

He is good friends with British number 1 Andy Murray (both are fanatical go-karters) and Roger Federer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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9 Responses to “Obscure facts: Wawrinka. Really?”

  1. Jenny said

    Thank you, TP. Slightly disagree with Mac, “the best one-handed backhand in the game today”. I would say one of them, including Gasquet, Youzhny.

    • M said

      Agreed, Jenny — especially about Reeshard. JMac’s hyperbole cracks me up sometimes.

      Stan’s BH is indeed beautiful, but has it just slipped JMac’s mind suddenly that Roger has a 1HBH, after he gushed all over him after the 09 RG final?
      Hee hee hee.

      • Jenny said

        Not only Roger of course, but also Fena and others, including Almagro who is pretty powerful on that wing. 🙂

      • M said

        Mmmm. Feña’s backhand … *daydreams*

        I’m sorry. We were having a discussion? 😛

      • Jenny said

        LOL *daydreams* I did say I was missing chi..chi..Bomber de la Reina and his fans. 🙂

      • M said

        LOL, Jenny, don’t get me started. I’m trying to strategize if I can try to be in the right row when he starts handing out mangled racquets. Is there a lottery or something? 🙂

      • Jenny said

        You’ll need to be in a front row to start with, preferably near his fans, exactly where is the $64,000 question. I guess you could feign a faint, I did see him run over to a lady fan once who who needed medical assistance.

      • M said

        “I guess you could feign a faint”

        LOL! Don’t tempt me. 😛

  2. Sol said

    I’ve met Stan in a train once. He’s really shy and looks like a sweet guy.
    His wife, Ilham, is highly appreciated by her colleagues.
    They make a nice couple.

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