Stan Wawrinka Australian Open 2021

Manager reveals Stan Wawrinka has suffered a recovery set-back

Stan Wawrinka has suffered a set-back in his recovery from foot surgery which will significantly delay his return, his manager has revealed.

The three-time Grand Slam champion last featured at the Qatar Open in Doha last March where he suffered a severe foot injury.

The former World number three required surgery which cut his season short as he focused on his recovery and rehabilitation.

However, the injury has now tormented Wawrinka for ten months. He posted an update back in June from a hospital bed where he said he “wasn’t where he wanted to be.”

Swiss newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung (NZZ) have reported that Wawrinka will prolong his stint on the side-lines to a year as he looks to return in March 2022, according to his manager.

This latest set-back means he will definitely miss the upcoming Australian Open and could possibly miss the first two ATP 1000 tournaments of the season, the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open, often termed the ‘Sunshine Double’.

Wawrinka is one of a number of greats who have been absent for a large portion of the 2021 season.

The likes of 20-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as well as the most successful woman’s player ever Serena Williams all suffered significant injuries that curtailed their seasons.

Compatriot Federer underwent knee surgery earlier this year and will miss the Australian Open and potentially Wimbledon. Whilst Nadal is nearing a return after recovering from a foot injury.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams withdrew from the US Open in August citing a torn hamstring and has recently pulled out of the Australian Open after following advice from her medical team.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.