“Not Where I Wanted To Be”- Stanislas Wawrinka Undergoes Another Surgery to Treat His Prolonged Injury

Published 06/21/2021, 11:19 AM EDT


Stanislas Wawrinka has been suffering from a left knee injury since 2017. The Swiss underwent surgery earlier this year, in March, and last played in the Qatar Open in March. The former World No.3 has provided an update on his injury, via an Instagram reel. Stan is undergoing rehab in a hospital in Monaco and is hopeful of a speedy recovery and return to the sport.

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Stan lost in the first round at the ATP Qatar Open, held between 8th-14th March, to Lloyd Harris of South Africa, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5. Even though the three-time Major winner put up a valiant fight, the injury got the better of him. He hasn’t played a single tournament since then.

Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during his second-round match against Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Stanislas Wawrinka: injury updates and other news

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Wawrinka has been unfortunate with his fitness in the past few seasons. The first time the Swiss picked up an injury on his knee was during the Wimbledon first-round match in 2017, while playing Daniil Medvedev. Following his injury, he underwent surgery for the first time and subsequently pulled out of several tournaments.

In March 2021, Stanislas suffered a problem in his left foot and decided to do a small procedure on it. The surgery sidelined him for a few weeks, resulting in him missing out on the Dubai and Miami events.

A few weeks ago, he informed everyone of his decision to withdraw from the Wimbledon Championships, having also not played the recently concluded Roland Garros. The three-time Grand Slam winner posted a beautiful reel, with a message for his fans. And while Stan is still in the hospital, he’s recovering well from the injury and undergoing rehab.

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The World No. 28 last won a Slam in 2016, when he clinched the US Open title and will aim to make his comeback at the same tournament later in the year.

As an athlete, it is difficult to sustain injuries. The process of coming back from injury and playing at the highest level again is no mean feat, taking the utmost level of determination and grit. The process can drain a player physically, as well as mentally.

In such time, it is imperative for the athlete, in any sport, to remain strong and sustain the belief inside. And Stanislas is certainly one of those who has it all to overcome injuries and setbacks and wade back into the sport.

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