Stan Wawrinka Pulls Out Of Indian Wells, Miami
by Tom Gainey | March 1st, 2018, 11:52 am

Stan Wawrinka has officially withdrawn from upcoming Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami, the Swiss announced today.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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6 Comments for Stan Wawrinka Pulls Out Of Indian Wells, Miami

Willow Says:

Oh dear this is bad news, hope Stan recovers soon ….

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Man, this is a bummer.

Just two months ago, I went into the season with expectations of an amazing year on tour. Federer was back on top, Rafa was in top form, and Novak, Andy and Stan were all, so we thought, on track to fight for Slams – if not at Australia, soon after. Add to that Del Potro, the kids (Thiem, Zverev, Kyrgios), the New Kids (Shapavalov, Rublev, Cheong, Kachenov), the Old Forgotten kids (Dmitrov, Nishikori, Raonic).

Let’s all stop for a moment and spill a drop of beer for the 2018 that might have been. The one we’re getting looks like it could be a dud. Though as a Federer fan, there’s a pretty bright silver lining.

Dc Says:

Blame fed for all of this. He set the bar so high, literally anyone who wanted to beat him has paid the price by physically abusing their body ; while federer merrily hops like a happy little child.

Remcom Says:

Clever annual report on the state of men’s tennis from Tennis Vagabond. I’m going to spill more than a drop of beer tonight thinking about the bleakness that could be 2018.

Although it will still be fun to watch Federer do his magic stuff on court. His style of play never gets old.

Margot Says:

Gosh you guys are misery guts! Although no-one will ever take Andy’s place in my affections, I really enjoy watching all these young players as they try to make their mark, Chung, Zverev, Shap, Rublev, Khachanov, Pouille, Tiafoe and many more.
Are you saying that tennis is only worth watching if the ex top 4 are playing? Or are you saying it’s only worth watching if Fed is playing? Because at any 250 or 500 you can get thrilling matches from highly talented young men and women.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Margot, I’m cheering for the young guys too, but when you take away the legends, it takes away a lot of the weight-of-history context of the matches. Seeing Zverev win a Slam from Fed or Novak would have a very different flavour than his winning over Kachanov.

Just a matter of taste. I like to have a mix of old and new. Seems more like 2002, with Fed in the role of Agassi.

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