Stan Wawrinka turned 33 earlier this year. The three time major champion has had two knee surgeries over the last 12 months missing most of last year with injuries and rehab from knee surgery is nothing easy.
His comeback has proved that.
A win/loss of 6/11 for the year shows that for Stan. I’ve watched a lot of Stan this year and in all the matches from his first in Melbourne where he was not ready to return by a mile and in Wimbledon a few weeks back he did not look ready.
Stan played Donald Young in R1 in Washington who has also had injury problems but the American got the win for only his third of the season.
With Stan’s ranking currently hovering around 200 in the world he requires wildcards into tournaments to play and at this time of the year the ATP 500 and Masters events come thick and fast.
To get a wildcard for these is really good but is it beneficially right now? The points are big which seems to be the only benefit as we have seen countless times big early round meetings which result in early exits.
Rumours started to circulate last week that Stan had been declined a wildcard into the main draw of the Rodgers Cup in Toronto which is a Masters 1000 event which is just around the corner.
Stan has confirmed this but has been given a wildcard for qualifying in Toronto so is on route now.
Is this such a bad thing?
Ok a ranking of 200 in the world is not ideal for Stan but all year he’s been turning up to tournaments some with wildcards, not looking sharp or match fit and the most important thing now is time on the court and not points?
Kei Nishikori earlier on this year played challenger events to build match rhythm…