London | Wawrinka pulls out for rest of season
Stan Wawrinka has decided that his knee problem will only be settled with surgery to which he is now committed and as a consequence will be joining Novak Djokovic and sit out the rest of the season.
This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more yearsStan Wawrinka
This will be a blow to the US Open which, as defending champion, he will now miss.
“This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka explained his decision over social..
The world No.4 from Switzerland, won the US Open last year to add to his French and Australian titles he won in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
He did reach te final of the French this year but fell at the first hurdle at Wimbledon when he made public he was carrying a knee injury which needed attention. He was continually icing it during his match at The Championships.
He has indicated that he will be coming back stronger and with greater motivation stating: “I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years.”
Both Wawrinka and Djokovic, who is taking time out for an injured elbow, are following Roger Federer who last year sat out the second half of the season to give his knee time to heal, and returned this January to win the Australian Open and subsequently his eighth Wimbledon.