Stan Wawrinka has withdrawn from Gstaad as he wants to focus on training and plans on returning to action during the North American hard court swing. Wawrinka, 37, was scheduled to play Bastad and Gstaad after Wimbledon but he decided to pull out of Gstaad and instead focus on the upcoming US Open series.
This week, Wawrinka suffered a first round defeat in Bastad to Pablo Carreno Busta. Wawrinka, a former world No. 3, returned to action in late March after undergoing two foot surgeries last year. This year, Wawrinka signed up to make his 11th Gstaad appearance.
Unfortunately for the Gstaad organizers, Wawrinka won't be playing in Gstaad for the first time since 2013. Wawrinka's best result in Gstaad came in 2005, when he reached the final before losing to Gaston Gaudio.
Wawrinka: I'm progressing well but won't play in Gstaad
"It’s been a long road back to recovery and I’m getting better day in day out. Even though I'm happy with the progress, I know that I'm still not where I want to be and where I need to be in order to compete and win consecutive matches at the highest level," Wawrinka wrote on Twitter.
"I’m sad to say that I will have to withdraw from Gstaad. Always, but even more in Switzerland, I want to play my best in front of my fans. I only want to go on court when I feel that I can properly compete. I'm extremely sorry about this but I’m investing in myself and the process to get back to be playing at the level I was playing before my injury.
Hopefully see you next year in beautiful Gstaad! Meanwhile I will keep working hard for the rest of the season. Next stop is the US swing." Wawrinka is now the 290th-ranked player in the world and he has a 3-5 record on the main level in 2022. However, Wawrinka can enter tournaments directly by using his protected ranking.