1/5/11 1:57 PM | Johan Lindahl
Stanislas Wawrinka has left his family to concentrate on his tennis, with the walkout making huge tabloid news in Switzerland.
In contrast to the calm stability - and solid marriage - of compatriot Roger Federer, Swiss Stan has left many puzzled by his move from the family home, made last September but only revealed in the tabloid press in the New Year.
Since the dramatic walkout, the one-time No. 8 won six of ten matches to end 2010 and began 2011 this week with a first-round win in Chennai. "I have separation from my wife Ilham Vuilloud. We want our role as parents (of daughter Alexia) to continue. We ask the press, our privacy be respected at this difficult time," the Wawrinka management said in a statement.
The 25-year-old married former television presenter Ilham, 36, in December, 2009, with their child born last February. "Stan returned on September 20 after the Davis Cup in Kazakhstan and told me he had new priorities. He packed his bags and moved into a hotel," Wawrinka's wife told tabloid the Blick. The split came only a few months after the player parted with his longtime coach and childhood friend Dimitri Zavialoff, hiring Swiss Peter Lundgren, former mentor to Federer.
Media report that Wawrinka feels he has only five more years to make an impact in tennis and is cutting out family distractions. "There would have been another solution, if he had spoken to me about," Ilham told Blick. Wawrinka appears determined to keep a lid on his personal problems, Tweeting: "I feel great and look forward to the season."
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