After eight seasons together, the three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka and Magnus Norman have parted ways ahead of the last Major of the season at Roland Garros. Stan and Norman started working together in 2013, with instant improvements in the Swiss' game.
For the first time, Wawrinka qualified for the ATP Finals that season and finished in the top-10, becoming one of the players to beat on the Tour. In the following three seasons, Stan became a three-time Major champion, conquering the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open to secure his place among the immortals.
In 2017, Stan reached the semi-final at the Australian Open and the final in Indian Wells and Roland Garros, skipping the second part of the season after Wimbledon due to knee injury and undergoing surgery in August. With only a couple of solid results in 2018, the recovery didn't go as easy as Stan was hoping for, dropping out from the top-250 in June and starting all over in the following months.
After eight years, Stan Wawrinka and Magnus Norman will not work together.
Reaching the quarter-final at Roland Garros last year, Wawrinka returned into the top-20, advancing into the quarter-final at the Australian Open this January.
After the coronavirus outbreak, Stan decided to skip Cincinnati and the US Open, working on clay and winning the Challenger title in Prague in August, his first at that level since 2010! Making an ATP return in Rome (he had to withdraw from the second Prague Challenger with an injury), Stan suffered a surprising 6-0, 7-6 loss to an 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti in the early stages.
The Swiss has decided to change his coaching staff and seek other options for the rest of the season and the upcoming year, still having Daniel Vallverdu beside him. If he brings his best tennis, Wawrinka should be a dark horse in Paris, although he will have to raise his game and find physical strength to endure the best-of-five encounters.
"Thank you! After eight great years together, Magnus Norman and I have decided to part ways by mutual consent. We have had an amazingly strong, enjoyable and hugely successful partnership. We reached the height of this sport together, and I want to thank him for helping me win everything that I could ever dream of winning.
He's been a great coach, friend and mentor, and will always be a dear friend. I want to publicly thank him for all his hard work, dedication and commitment to make me a better player. Winning three Majors has been a life-changing experience for me, and I could not have done that without him. I wish him all the best in his next chapter in his life!" Stan Wawrinka said.