Stan Wawrinka has officially withdrawn from upcoming Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami, the Swiss announced today.
Wawrinka, who made the Indian Wells final last year, underwent left knee surgery last August, and despite playing in Australia, still needs more time for recovery. He withdrew last week from Marseille.
“Unfortunately I need to announce that I won’t be able to play in Indian Wells and Miami,” Wawrinka said. “They are both amazing events but coming back from a big surgery is complicated and, after having played a few tournaments, I have discussed with my team that it is best for me to build on the progress and go back to practice.
“I’ve enjoyed being back on tour playing matches and this gives me even more motivation to go back on the practice court. My goal is to find my highest level again and in order to do that I will keep working hard every single day.”
The 12th-ranked Wawrinka will fall outside of the Top 20 as the clay season begins next month. Wawrinka turns 33 at the end of this month.
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