Stan Wawrinka may follow Andy Murray's footsteps. The British player ended his season at the Shenzhen Open in late September withdrawing from Beijing, and Wawrinka could make a similar choice. The 33-year-old Swiss will play the Swiss Indoors in Basel, but may not compete at the Paris Masters that takes place from 28 October to 4 November.
Wawrinka requested a wild card and he will soon take a decision. Why would he skip Paris? Stan wants to be at 100 percent once the new season starts, that's why he would like to start the pre-season training early. 'I am happy with my fitness, I am on the right track', said Wawrinka after his three-set loss to the Croat Borna Coric on Monday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, as quoted by L'Equipe.
'This (2018) is a transition year, I am already thinking of 2019', Wawrinka added. Meanwhile Juan Martin del Potro continues to be doubtful about whether if playing the Rolex Shanghai Masters or skipping it. On Tuesday the world No.
4 cancelled his training session due to the ongoing fever that he has been dealing with since last week at the China Open in Beijing. Already on Saturday following Fabio Fognini's walkover in the semifinals, del Potro had said that he was not feeling at 100 percent, without getting in detail.
During the final against Nikoloz Basilashvili, del Potro was clearly sick and lost in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. Del Potro could not also attend endorsmements commitments with Rolex, that is the Shanghai Masters title sponsor and also one of his sponsors.
As reported by Marca, the 30-year-old was supposed to train for half an hour but after warming up a little bit he was forced to comeback to the locker room. On Wednesday del Potro is supposed to face the Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who defeated another Argentine, Leonardo Mayer, on Tuesday as first match on the Central Court.
An eventual withdrawal won't be the end of the world for del Potro, as he is one of the four players so far besides Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to have qualified for the London ATP Finals. Prior to the year-end event, the Tandil native plans to compete at the Swiss Indoors in Basel and Rolex Paris Masters.