Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled himself out of the rest of the 2017 season on the ATP tour, which won’t allow him to defend his US Open crown at the final Grand Slam of the year. Wawrinka was having troubles with his knee for a long time and has finally decided to undergo a surgery, which means that he will be out of the game for the rest of the season. He becomes the second high profile player to pull out of the rest of the calendar year after Novak Djokovic.
Wawrinka announcing his decision, said in a statement, “I am sad to announce that after talking with my team and doctor I had to make a difficult decision to undergo a medical intervention on my knee. This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years.”
Wawrinka further expressed his disappointment, saying, “This is obviously extremely disappointing, but I’m already looking ahead and planning my recovery. I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years. I also want to take this opportunity to thank my fans for sending plenty of messages of support during the last couple of days. I will see you all in 2018!”
Wawrinka also posted a message on his Facebook page:
Wawrinka finishes his season with an overall record of 26 wins and 11 defeats. He has ended the year losing his last three matches in the French Open final against Rafael Nadal, the opening round in London against Feliciano Lopez and then the first round of Wimbledon against Russian Daniil Medvedev. He will now be looking forward to making a comeback in 2018, fully fit and firing.