Stan Wawrinka accepts wildcard into ATP 250 indoor-hard tournament



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Stan Wawrinka accepts wildcard into ATP 250 indoor-hard tournament

Former world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka has accepted a wildcard into the Sofia Open, per Michal Samulski.

Wawrinka, 37, will be making his third Sofia appearance this year.

Wawrinka debuted at the Sofia Open in 2018, when he made the semifinal before suffering a surprise defeat to Mirza Basic. In his second Sofia appearance - in 2019 - Wawrinka lost in the first round to Marius Copil. Three years later, Wawrinka is set for his third appearance at the Bulgarian indoor-hard tournament.

Wawrinka has hit a rough stretch

Wawrinka, who underwent two foot surgeries last year, returned to the court in late March. Six months have passed since Wawrinka returned, but the Swiss is still nowhere near his best level.

Wawrinka hasn't had a win since mid-June as he has lost his last six matches. Wawrinka last played at the US Open, where he was down by two sets to Corentin Moutet before deciding to retire the match. Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, hasn't enjoyed a comeback like Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, who also missed a good portion of the 2021 season, returned this year by winning two Grand Slam titles. When Wawrinka was asked about Nadal's return, he said it's a bit not fair to compare him to Nadal since the Spaniard is in "a different league."

"No, I think what Rafa has done this year and all his career, like it's amazing to watch as a tennis fan. You cannot take anything as a player, because he's in [a] different league, always been and always will be.

It's always amazing to watch him play, to watch him compete, and to watch him at the top of the game after so many years. I enjoy watching him. But as I say, as a player, you cannot take anything," Wawrinka said. The Sofia Open is scheduled to take place between September 26-October 02.