“Miss the Tour”: Stan Wawrinka Shares an Update on Return From Latest Injury Setback

Published 06/25/2021, 3:34 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)


Though largely out of action this season on account of persistent injury episodes, veteran Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka has been working diligently behind the scenes to find his way back to fitness at the earliest.

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Currently down to No. 30 in the singles rankings, the Swiss has hardly had any match time of note this season and nagging injury woes have seen him miss a host of marquee events in the recent weeks, including the French Open.

While the ongoing recovery process from the foot surgery has also ruled him out of the Wimbledon Championships this year, there is hope that he will be back to play for the flag at the Tokyo Olympics. Sharing an update on his injury status, the three-time Grand Slam champion said that he still doesn’t know how long the rehabilitation phase post his second surgery on the left foot is going to take.

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Stan Wawrinka says he will visit his surgeon in the next few weeks

Wawrinka added that it’s early days post the surgery and he will visit his surgeon in the next few weeks and will take a call on his comeback date on the basis of the latter’s assessment of his rehabilitation.

“I honestly don’t know how long the rehab is going to take. It’s too close to the surgery. I will see the surgeon in about two to three weeks and we will take it from there,” the Swiss star said.

The 2014 Australian Open champion, who crashed out in the second round at Melbourne Park this year, last featured in the Qatar Open where he went down in the third round to South African Lloyd Harris.

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Wawrinka says he’ll do everything in his powers to return at the earliest

Not happy sitting on the sidelines, Wawrinka said that he is sorely missing the Tour and is determined to do everything in his powers to return fighting fit at the earliest.

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

He added that he has set himself a goal to work on getting back to shape over the next few months and make a comeback. “I miss the Tour, that’s why even after the second surgery on my left foot, it is my goal for the next few months to come back and get in shape,” the 2015 French Open champion said.

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He said that life on the Tour is “very special” and one chooses it at a “very young age”.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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