Wawrinka: 'I am not at my best, Melbourne is the goal. Shocked by Norman'

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Wawrinka: 'I am not at my best, Melbourne is the goal. Shocked by Norman'

As we had said a few weeks ago, no shocking news came by Stan Wawrinka's press conference. The Swiss player met the media on Friday Morning in Geneva for the first time since he underwent left knee surgery for cartilage issues.

'It has been since a year, since 2016 Swiss Indoors in Basel, that I suffered knee issues. The only regret is that I didn't stop before the grass-courts season, which worsened the situation. At the moment my priority is to recover well from the two surgeries I had (.

My knee is a little bit strict. I work hard physically six days on seven, but from the tennis point of view I am a little bit behind. The goal is to play Australian Open, even if I am not 100% healthy. Having had crutches was hard, but the break allowed me to take a rest mentally after years where I was always at the limit.

However, there wasn't anything good about the last five months, to be honest.' He had some strong words on splitting with Magnus Norman, who helped him to win all his three Grand Slam titles: 'It was a big disappointment.

A shock. In some of the worst moments of your career, you expect to be able to count on your dear ones. The time where he announced it surprised me. Who will be my new coach? At the moment Yannick Fattebert is still next to me.

A (new coach) will be needed for the long-term, for next 3-4 years. I have some names in the list and Annacone could be a solution, After we worked in the grass season'. He still has a strong team, including fitness trainer Pierre Paganini: 'Without him I would have already stopped playing tennis.' Wawrinka is still committed to play Abu Dhabi exhibition in late December, but he seems uncertain for that.

In the first four months of 2018, he will play in Melbourne, Rotterdam, Marseille, Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo. ALSO READ: Alexander Zverev signs three-year contract with Halle event