Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia due to injury.
The world No. 19 has previously played at the event in Russia. He debuted there in 2016, making the finals and then made the semifinals last year when he played there for the second time.
The Swiss star is suffering from a leg injury, which has forced him to withdraw from the event. His left knee is suffering after a gruelling season, with the upper part of his knee being swollen. He expressed his disappointment with a post on social media.
Stan Wawrinka posted on his social media accounts:
“It’s sad to not be playing in St. Petersburg Open but taking care of my body comes first. I’m working hard to be back on the court soon.”
The three-time Grand Slam winner is expected to make the final stretch of the season. With the Masters 1000 events coming up in Shanghai, China and the Paris Masters later on, Wawrinka will be hoping to be fit by then to end the season on a positive note and hopefully a title, something he has not won this year.
Unfortunately for Russian tennis fans, Wawrinka is not the only one to have pulled out of the event. Former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych has also announced his withdrawal from the event. This was set to be the Czech’s third appearance at the event and had made the semifinals last year.
Berdych, who now sits outside the top 100 at No. 103 in the world rankings, pulled out due to non-medical reasons. What the issue is has not been disclosed by the player at the moment.
He had expressed disappointment with his level of tennis due to the persistent hip issues during the US Open, which may have something to do with his problems. He is joined by Laslo Djere of Serbia, who will have to wait another year to make his debut in Russia.
The St. Petersburg Open began earlier today with its first round matches and a few of the remaining qualifiers.