Injury Woes Continue for Stan Wawrinka, Puts Wimbledon Championship 2021 Participation in Question

Published 06/02/2021, 11:03 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 02: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland stands dejected during his Gentlemen’s Singles quarter-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)


Tennis is one of the most brutal sports when it comes to injuries. No question, the physically demanding game has a reputation for cut-shorting many flourishing careers. One of those unfortunate ones is the three-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, Stan Wawrinka.

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Notably, the Swiss star has not played on the ATP Tour since his first-round loss at Qatar Open 2021 early in March. His absence is because of a left foot surgery, which also caused his withdrawal from the French Open 2021. It is the first time after 16 years that Stan did not play at Roland-Garros.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after winning the third set against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their Men’s Singles Final Match on Day Fourteen of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Many fans hoped that he would return for the grass season, starting with the Queen’s Club Championships. But, the tournament has now announced his withdrawal, citing foot surgery as the reason. This year, the tournament’s title sponsor is the online car-selling website cinch.

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Scheduled a week ago from Wimbledon Championships 2021, the cinch Championships would have given Stan enough match time. However, the pull-out has raised some serious questions regarding his Wimbledon participation, too.

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Nick Kyrgios replaces Stan Wawrinka in the cinch Championships main draw

The Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios was the first alternative and has replaced Stan Wawrinka in Queen’s Club players’ field. He will also play the preceding tournament, the Mallorcan Championships, for the first time.

Similar to Wawrinka, Kyrgios, too, had missed the entire clay-court swing. However, his reasons for not playing are more personal than physical limitations.

Unquestionably, it is a big blow for Stan the Man and his fans as he struggles to return to the men’s circuit. But given his passion for tennis, he would be trying his best to get ready in time for Wimbledon.

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What does this withdrawal mean for Wawrinka’s Wimbledon campaign?

Before the 2021 season began, Wawrinka showed great spirit to give his best before he retired. At present, he has a 3-3 win-loss record on the ATP Tour.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka reacts during his second round match against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Therefore, to find his best game again, the 36-year-old Swiss star would need some matches under his belt. Since he withdrew from a crucial lead-up tournament, Stan’s Wimbledon campaign is a big question mark.

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However, he is one of the most ferocious players with an insane backhand ready to take-off anytime. Hopefully, he will recover soon and give us more of his incredible performances this year.

Do you think Wawrinka has a chance to clinch a Grand Slam after comeback?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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