2018 ATP 500 Rotterdam, that will be played from 12 to 18 February, will feature a stunning field. Stan Wawrinka is the last player to confirm his appearance in the Dutch event. The Swiss revealed it in a conference call on Friday in Geneva. The World No. 9 won 2016 Rotterdam title beating Tomas Berdych in the final, then in 2017, he withdrew due to a knee injury. But now he is excited to play his best tennis in Netherlands. 'He is a fantastic player who can be really strong from us as a 2015 winner', the tournament director Richard Krajicek said in a short statement. 'After being absent, we are convinced he will come back stronger and in a better shape in February.'
In the first quarter of the year Wawrinka, who has not been competing since Wimbledon, plans to play also Australian Open, Marseille, Indian Wells, Miami and then Monte Carlo on clay in April. In Rotterdam, at the moment Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov, Robin Haase and main draw wild card 17-year-old player Felix-Auger Aliassime will play.