Former world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka admitted it feels frustrating not being able to do something you need to do but added he is improving a bit by bit. Wawrinka, who turned 37 last month, underwent two foot surgeries last year.
After being out for 12 months, Wawrinka made his long-awaited comeback at the Marbella Challenger. Wawirnka didn't make it far in Marbella was he was beaten by Elias Ymer in the first round. "Little by little, i'm getting in good shape, but what I need above all is to train with the best players, to train a lot.
I only started playing again at the end of February, so I don't have a lot of tennis under my belt. I have to go through this. My level is quite good in training, but of course I also have to find my game during matches. The puzzle is a bit complicated.
Sometimes it takes time to be able to coordinate all of this. So I have to be patient with myself. I have to try to do the right things, train a lot and stay positive, even if sometimes I feel very frustrated, because I see what I have to do and I can't do it," Wawrinka said, per We Love Tennis.
Wawrinka awarded a wildcard into Monte Carlo
On Sunday, Wawrinka and Felix Auger-Aliassime debuted as a pair. Unfortunately for Wawrinka and Auger-Aliassime, they didn't enjoy an impressive debut as they suffered a straight-set defeat to Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic.
Even though Wawrinka lost, he is in a need of matches and playing a doubles match before his Monte Carlo singles campaign can be helpful. On Monday, Wawrinka kicks off his Monte Carlo singles campaign against Alexander Bublik, Wawrinka won his first and lone Monte Carlo title in 2014. It remains to be seen if Wawrinka can clinch his first win in 2022 on Monday when he takes on Bublik.