BUMMER! Stan Wawrinka Becomes the Latest Victim To Join Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 06/29/2021, 5:40 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)


Three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka has become the latest player to join the list of absentees for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Having missed the French Open earlier this season, the 36-year-old player has yet not recovered from his foot injury. The Swiss ace will surely be missed. 

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In recent months, Stan Wawrinka has been let down by his foot injury. His season this year has been very inconsistent as far as competing on Tour is concerned. Having missed Roland Garros and the ongoing Wimbledon Championships, there was a doubt Stan would make it to Tokyo in time. 

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

Stan Wawrinka is an Olympic Gold Medalist

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The three-time Grand Slam winner has enjoyed success at the Olympic Games in the past. He won an Olympic Gold medal in doubles, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, partnering with compatriot Roger Federer. Therefore, this news would come as a disappointment to the former World No. 1 as he and Stan have competed together at various events representing their nation. 

Speaking of Wawrinka this season, he began his journey in Melbourne at the Australian Open. The former champion lost in the second round. After that, he suffered early exits in Rotterdam and Doha and had to undergo foot surgery as he had an injury to his left foot. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain hug at the net after Wawrinka won their men’s final match during day 14 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

A handful of stars are missing the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Unfortunately, there are many top guns who have decided to skip the upcoming Olympic Games. Many of them are injured or dealing with fatigue. A few athletes are also skeptical of traveling across borders during the global pandemic. 

Players such as Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem are a few big names who will not be seen in Tokyo. It surely will be a blow for the organizers as Nadal and Williams have enjoyed success in the past. 

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Coming back to Wawrinka, he has been irregular at the tournaments and has missed the last three out of five Grand Slam events. For a player who has beaten the likes of Nadal and Djokovic in order to claim his three Grand Slam titles, one cant wait to see the Swiss ace return back to full fitness and compete against the top players. 

Watch this story: Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray: First Strike at Wimbledon Championship 2021 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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