Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka won't be opening his 2019 grass campaign in the first week of the grass season as he has withdrawn from the next week's Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Wawrinka was expected to play on the grass courts of Stuttgart for the first time and to return to the event after being absent for over a decade now but an exhausting French Open prevented the Swiss from playing at the tournament.
The 34-year-old made the round-of-16 at Roland Garros before he was beaten by fellow compatriot Roger Federer. "It is with big regret that I need to announce that I won't be able to play in Stuttgart this year. I'm still recovering from Roland Garros and sadly not ready yet to compete at the highest level due to fatigue after my long matches in Paris," Wawrinka announced on Twitter.
Wawrinka has some nice memories from Stuttgart as he made back-to-back appearances at the tournament in 2006 and 2007 while it was a clay-court event. The Swiss fell just short of winning it all at the tournament in 2007 as he ended runner-up in the final to 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.
"I was very much looking forward to coming back to Stuttgart as I have great memories from 2007 when I played my second ATP final at Weissenhof losing to Rafael Nadal. The club is amazing and so are the fans in Stuttgart. I hope to be back next year and look forward to seeing you all soon."