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Wawrinka reunites with Magnus Norman to write a final chapter
Wawrinka achieved his best results, including his three Grand Slams wins, during his partnership with Norman
Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has reunited with former coach Magnus Norman, the former world No 2 under whom he achieved his best results.
Wawrinka and Norman, the 2000 Roland-Garros finalist and winner of 12 ATP singles titles, started working together in 2013 and the Swiss went on to win all of his three Major titles during that time – the 2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open, and the 2016 US Open. During their partnership, Wawrinka also won the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters; Switzerland’s first Davis Cup title in 2014, qualified for the ATP Finals every year and peaked at No 3 in the rankings.
At the end of the 2017 season, the two decided to part ways and Wawrinka was most recently working with Daniel Vallverdu.
After his first round upset win over world No 3 Casper Ruud at the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Tuesday, Wawrinka confirmed that Norman is back in his team and that they hope to ‘write a final chapter’ together.
“There was change after the US Open,” said Wawrinka as quoted by Le Matin. “I decided to stop working with Dani Vallverdu and, with Magnus, we are looking for the best possible balance to write a final chapter. He is the one who knows my game best, the one who has helped me the most in my career. He will take care of the offseason and the biggest tournaments including those of the Grand Slam. For the rest, we will discuss.”
Wawrinka returned to the tour in March this year after being sidelined for a year due to a foot injury for which he underwent a surgery.
Since returning, the 37-year-old Swiss, who is now ranked No 194 in the world, has posted a 7-12 record at the ATP Tour level, highlighted by a semi-final finish in Metz and wins over Ruud, Daniil Medvedev and Frances Tiafoe.