The Swiss tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka would miss the buildup to the French Open after yet another foot injury and the consequent surgery halted his return to the tour.
Stanislas Wawrinka has for the most part of his career been the quintessential underdog. On the national stage, his hard-hitting style was overshadowed by Federer’s artistic beauty. On the international stage,it was the “Big-four” into whom he constantly ran into in the latter stages of Grand slams. Not to mention the constantly reoccurring knee and back injuries throughout his illustrious career.
And yet again, just when it seemed that Wawrinka was getting back to his best, another injury has come to the fore to halt his progress. Chances are that the beloved Swiss would be out of action for the next 5 to 6 weeks and thus missing on the buildup tournaments to the clay season.
Wawrinka’s Woes continue-
Wawrinka underwent knee surgery following his last ATP title in 2017 and had trouble with injuries through 2018, during which his ranking fell to 263. He is currently ranked 21st.
Wawrinka lost in the Australian Open second round last month before losing in the last-32 at Rotterdam and Doha earlier this month.
However, he seemed to be getting back into rhythm for one final push before hanging his tennis shoes.
But, Wawrinka said Thursday that he would be out “for a few weeks,” with the French Open starting May 23. He won at Roland Garros in 2015.
“After having some problems in my left foot for a while, I have decided to do a small procedure on it,” Wawrinka wrote on his social media accounts.
“I will be out for a few weeks, but can’t wait to start practising again soon.“he added.
Miami Open updates-
Top seed Daniil Medvedev will begin his campaign against Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun in the second round of the Miami Masters tonight.
British teenager Jack Draper’s ATP Tour debut ended abruptly after he collapsed on court during his first round match at the Miami Open against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin on Thursday.
The sunny, humid and hot conditions on Court 2 appeared to have taken a toll on the 19-year-old wildcard during the first set which lasted 81 minutes. With Kukushkin leading the set 6-5, Draper appeared distressed and he had his heart-rate checked courtside by medical staff before deciding to continue.
However,his return was short lived as Draper collappsed yet again and eventually choosing to retire.