Stan Wawrinka Delays Return to Tour as Injury Woes Persist, Raises Concerns for US Open 2021

Published 07/19/2021, 11:40 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)


The return of Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka on the ATP tour is one of the much-awaited events of this year. Having played his last match against Lloyd Harris at the Qatar Open earlier this year, Wawrinka sustained a foot injury and been out of contention ever since.

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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)

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While many expected him to make his return at the Wimbledon Championships, the Swiss star announced that he wasn’t fully fit to compete at the highest level.

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With the US hard-court season starting by the end of this month, Wawrinka was out of the Toronto Open(Rogers Cup).

On account of this withdrawal, the Swiss star indicated that he will be out of action till at least 15th of next month. Ahead of the US Open, Wawrinka will have two tournaments to get used to the hard courts.

The three-time grand slam champion can either play the Winston-Salem Open or participate in the Western & Southern Open(Cincinnati Masters).

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates match point after his First Round Singles Match against Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day Three of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

While Wawrinka has only given brief details over his injury through social media posts, the extent of it is yet to be revealed by the Swiss. Since 2017, Wawrinka has been in and out of the game due to various injuries.

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The former world number three is yet to win an ATP title since winning the 2017 Geneva Open. Even during his comeback stint in 2018-19, the Swiss star didn’t look his best on-court but managed to reach a couple of finals on the tour level.

It’s evident that Stan’s comeback at age 36 will mark the final leg of his professional career. Along with compatriot Roger Federer, the Swiss duo might make an appearance at the Cincinnati Masters next month.

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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