Just over a week following Stan Wawrinka‘s statement on Facebook that after ten years of living together he and his wife Ilham Vuilloud had separated, the word is out that the Swiss ATP world No.9 has been dating young WTA gun Donna Vekic. Actually, it is rumored that they have been an item since July 2014, when Vekic was still just 17 years old.
Wawrinka had married his Swiss TV presenter and former model wife in December 2009, three months later they got daughter Alexia, but the relationship had its ups and downs and recently it ended quite ugly, in the public eye, with both Wawrinka and his wife issuing statements on the matter. Ilham emphasized that tournaments and busy schedule are not the cause of their split.
His instability, desire to regain his freedom—at all levels—are the source. And I have to admit the repeated fibs and emotional betrayals eventually destroyed entirely the confidence I had in him.
If the rumors are true, and there often is some truth in words swirling around, Wawrinka has moved from a woman ten years his senior to a 18-year-old tennis colleague.
Two years ago, when asked who her best friends on tour were, Vekic picked Stan Wawrinka and Fernando Verdasco from the crowd, even saying how she prefers hanging around with guys.
Moreover, there were some Twitter conversations between Stan and Donna that could have been regarded as flirting. For example, when Andy Murray named Amelie Mauresmo his new coach, in June 2014, Donna wrote to Stan:
Can I be your new coach for grass season?? #pls
And Stan replied:
Win Wimbledon first …
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