World no. 21 and the three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka joined his compatriot Roger Federer on the list of absent players at the upcoming Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome. Wawrinka underwent a minor left foot procedure a month ago, feeling the pain in recent months not playing at his best.
The Swiss won only three matches so far in 2021, staying around the 20th spot on the ATP list but searching his A-game since the season's restart last August. Stan gave Jeremy Chardy a walkover in Melbourne 2 ahead of the Australian Open, where he suffered a tight loss to Marton Fucsovics in the deciding tie break after four hours.
Fucsovics prevailed 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 in three hours and 59 minutes, fending off three match points in the deciding tie break to send Wawrinka packing! Marton converted six out of 17 break chances, and Stan almost won the match with five breaks on his tally from six opportunities, doing everything right in the final set's closing stages before losing the ground.
Stan lost in the Rotterdam first round to Karen Khachanov and suffered a heavy loss to Lloyd Harris in three tight sets in Doha. After the surgery, Wawrinka said that he wants to return to action as soon as possible, although it isn't possible in the next three or four weeks.
Wawrinka withdrew from Madrid and Rome, and he is not on the entry lists in Geneva and Lyon in the week after the Masters 1000 event in the Italian capital.
Stan Wawrinka will not play in Madrid and Rome after a foot surgery.
The Swiss was the Madrid Open finalist in 2013, losing to Rafael Nadal in straight sets and suffering a defeat against the same rival in the quarter-final two years ago.
Wawrinka was the Rome finalist in 2008, falling to Novak Djokovic and returning into the semis seven years later. After that 2015 campaign, Wawrinka lost five out of the last seven matches at Foro Italico, waiting until 2022 to improve his results there.
"Hey guys, I just wanted to update you. After having some problems with my left foot for a while, I have decided to do a small procedure. Everything went well. I will be out for a few weeks but can't wait to start practicing again soon," Stan Wawrinka said.