Three-time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka will be no longer training with his long term coach, Yannick Fattebert. He was one of the trainers along with Magnus Norman and Daniel Vallverdu in Wawrinka’s team. Wawrinka and Fattebert cherished numerous joyful events together.
The Swiss, Fattebert supported Wawrinka to make a comeback on the ATP circuit after his knee surgery in 2017. In 2011, he was the assistant coach for Switzerland’s Fed Cup and simultaneously worked with Wawrinka.
“I would like to say thank you to my long term coach Yannick!” Stan Wawrinka announced. “You have been by my side for many years through both good and bad times! We had the chance to win grand slams together and you helped me so much on my comeback after a big surgery! You’ve been a great coach but most importantly a great friend! Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication! Merci Yannick.”
In 2016, Stan Wawrinka won the US Open title, but unfortunately the very next year, he did not have the opportunity to defend his title at Flushing Meadows due to his injured knee and he called off his tennis season 2017 at Wimbledon. That year, he was the finalist at Roland Garros and lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the championship match.
After returning from his surgery in 2018, his poor form prevailed on the ATP circuit since his injuries became a hindrance. That year, he dropped out of the Top 250 rankings and coming back to his former niche was an uphill battle.
However, in the year 2019, Stan Wawrinka had a triumphant record and his run to the ATP tournament’s finals remarked his resurgence in the sport. The upswing of Wawrinka was all bolstered by Yannick Fattebert, who played a crucial role in reviving Stan’s career. This year, he is one of the nominees in the Comeback Player of the Year category.
In the month of February, in Rotterdam, he reached his first finals on the ATP Tour in over 20 months and lost to Gael Monfils in three sets. Later in October, in Antwerp finals, he lost to another comeback wizard, Andy Murray in the finals where both men put up a phenomenal show for the tennis enthusiasts.
Apart from that, Wawrinka reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals this year. The first one came in Paris. He played an overtaxing match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round. After five hours and 9 minutes, the Swiss won 7–6, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 8–6 over the Greek lad and record one of the best matches in 2019. It was the longest match in their careers.
The match concluded with an excellent backhand passing shot with kissed the tramlines of the Parisien terre-battue. “Today we saw only one centimeter can change the winner,” said Wawrinka after his epic win.
Later in New York, World Number 16, Wawrinka eliminated the top-seed and defending champion, Novak Djokovic from the US Open 2019. The Serb retired after dropping two sets due to his shoulder injury. It was their first match since Wawrinka’s victory in the 2016 US Open final.