After Stanislas Wawrinka married his heavily pregnant partner Ilham Vuilloud in December last year, the couple welcomed their daughter Alexia. Vuilloud, a Swiss TV presenter and former model, gave birth to Alexia February 12, 2010.
It has been announced today that Stanislas Wawrinka has (according to media sources) “quit his family to save his career” because he feels he only has another few years on the tour. It’s very sad and Stan has not commented on the statements made in the media, instead he released a statement on Twitter, saying: “I would like to announce my separation with my wife Ilham Vuilloud. Our main concern now is to look after the best interests and the education of our daughter, Alexia.”
A more formal statement was released, saying: “I have separation from my wife Ilham Vuilloud. We want our role as parents to continue. We ask the press, our privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
Going by his wife’s comments to media it sounds, unfortunately, like Stan has indeed abandoned his family in preference to his career. “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… There would have been another solution, if he had spoken to me about it.” Wawrinka reportedly said he feels he only has another 5 years to make an impact and therefore needs to remove family distractions.
The separation comes only a few months after Wawrinka also split with his long term coach and friend Dimitri Zavialoff. Wawrinka is now working with Peter Lundgren who has previously worked with Roger Federer.
It’s a sad day when a person picks a career over family. It’s none of my business but it is an interesting turn of events and everyone will now be watching Stan’s season to see if it was worth the pain for the world number 21.