The return from surgery is not going well for Stan Wawrinka, the former Grand Slam champion does not look fit and hasn’t all year but is still turning up to tournaments.
The season started in Melbourne and he saw off Berankis in R1 before falling to Sandgren in R2. A good week followed in Sofia but the field wasn’t that great and eventually lost to Basic in the semi finals but did defeat Klizan and Troicki.
In Rotterdam and Marseille the appearance was cut short, a defeat and a retirement saw to that and now the question is what next?
I’m quite in shock that Stan has actually turned up to these tournaments! It makes no sense as he has looked no where near physically fit enough to be competitive. I don’t know whether he was planning on playing himself into form but it hasn’t worked and now the long term future has to be key.
Stan had new surgery in August and I don’t think the recovery plan has been great. To have just over 6 months off tennis, have knee surgery and then attempt four tournaments in five weeks is odd.
I’d imagine the plan is to skip Indian Wells and Miami and I can’t imagine a full clay schedule would be ideal for him as this surface can be unforgiving on the body especially the knees.
Whatever happens next the long term future has to be the plan for Stan as you cant afford to be so careless with the recovery which is what it has been so far.