Unsurprisingly, 2016 US Open champion Stan Wawrinka will not compete in New York this year, still struggling with a foot injury. Wawrinka claimed three major titles in back-to-back seasons between 2014 and 2016, beating all the top-ranked players on the road to tennis immortals.
Stan became the world number. 3 after the 2014 Australian Open and stayed in the top 10 for nearly five years between 2013 and 2018. The Swiss lost that pace in 2017 after a knee injury, underwent two surgeries in August and skipped the rest.
it's from the season. Wawrinka claimed the title in Geneva in May of that year, and that remains his last ATP trophy, battling injuries and never producing his best tennis again. After Roland Garros 2018, Stan came out of the top 250 for the first time in 15 years, hitting rock bottom but wanting to get back to where he belongs.
The Swiss formerly returned to form in 2019 and returned to the top 20, still dreaming of notable titles. Wawrinka picked up 15 wins in the plagued 2020 season, and it will be difficult for the Lausanne native to repeat that in the current one after constant difficulties with injuries.
Stan had left foot surgery in March and required another in June, so he took more time off the court and made no plans to return. The Swiss has won just three games so far in 2021, but he stayed around 30th on the ATP ranking list thanks to his results from the previous two seasons.
Wawrinka, 36, is still eager to extend his career, although he understands how difficult it is to come back after long breaks at his age. The other great Swiss, Roger Federer, is also under the clouds ahead of the last Major of the season, struggling with a knee injury and skipping Toronto and Cincinnati.
Panatta talks about Roger Federer
Former French Open champion Adriano Panatta penned a heartfelt letter to Roger Federer on the Swiss' 40th birthday. In the letter published in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Panatta waxed lyrical about Federer's abilities, declaring that there is unlikely to ever be a player like the Swiss in the future.
Adriano Panatta also recalled one of his interactions with Roger Federer in 2009, before the Swiss had won his first Roland Garros title. "I remember that one evening in Rome, during the 2009 Internationals of Italy, we ate a carbonara together in Trastevere," said Panatta.
"At one point he (Roger Federer) said to me: 'Adriano, I would exchange some of my successes at Wimbledon with your Roland Garros' My answer: 'Me too…' He had already won five times in London. That dinner brought him luck: a month later he won Paris and had lifted all the Grand Slam titles, albeit in different years, as he deserves," he concluded.