• Wawrinka shock as player leaves family for tennis

    1/5/11 1:57 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Wawrinka shock as player leaves family for tennis 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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shocking to say the least....did not expect this from stan the man.....

vrael , 1/5/11 6:43 PM

he just got divorced. would not call it walking out on his family.

RickyDimon , 1/5/11 8:52 PM

Fair dues but prehaps he should have thought of the possible distraction before getting married and having children like a lot of pros have done if it was such a problem. Kind of strange. Andy Roddick, Federer of course, and others have managed okay.
Lets hope his selfish behaviour pays off for him.

afrodite7 , 1/5/11 10:09 PM

I don't think we should condemn Wawrinka without knowing what happenned. He got married too early and it is quite possible that his wife, either because of financial constraints which Fed and Roddick's wives do not have, or simply because of her nature, may have been unreasonable in demanding Wawrinka's time. Or the issue maybe something else entirely.

vij , 1/5/11 10:50 PM

Well, his wife said he left so he could focus on tennis, but it's quite possible that the marriage was simply not going well.

cherylmurray , 1/6/11 2:53 AM

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