Stan Wawrinka’s 2017 season and any hopes of a US Open title defense are over, the Swiss announced today. Wawrinka cited ongoing knee issues as the cause, and he will end his 2017 season.
“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,” Wawrinka said in a statement on Facebook. “This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years.
“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!”
That means both US Open finalists from last year, Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, will not be in New York.
It’s also the first Grand Slam Wawrinka has missed, ending a run of 50 straight appearances in majors.
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