Stanislas Wawrinka is positive and looking forward to a good start of the 2018 season starting from the Australian open. The previous season of 2017 started good for the Swiss superstar but his knee injury forced him to remain out from the remainder of the year, he had to go under two knee surgeries to fix his ailing knee.
He is very positive about his return but he admitted to media at the Geneva Country Club that he is still working hard to overcome his knee cartilage injury, which required two surgeries. Thus, after two surgeries, the tennis star hopes to get back on time for the international circuit and play at the Australian Open.
About the injury, Wawrinka said “The last five months were the most difficult ones of my career. Even today I’m not 100 percent yet physically and with my tennis. I’m working hard each day to improve. But at least it’s going in the right direction and I’m very satisfied with that.”
• Fine performances in the previous season
2017 season started well for Wawrinka as he started his season on a positive note as he reached into the semifinals of the Australian Open, he reached the finals of the Roland Garros French Open, and BNP Paribas Open and also won the title in Geneva, but did not play the rest of the season after he lost in the first round of Wimbledon due to his knee injury.
Because of this injury, he was not able to defend his title in the US Open and missed the rest of the season.
About his injury he said that “I had problems with this knee since the Basel tournament in 2016, my only regret is not having stopped my grass season earlier which has only aggravated the situation.”
• Current condition of his fitness and comeback
Wawrinka has been training with longtime fitness trainer Pierre Paganini, who is also the trainer of Roger Federer, to prepare him for the Australian summer.
He said “I still have many weeks to work on what is still missing. Everything went well during the last few weeks, there was no delay.” He further said “I was very lucky to have Pierre Paganini on my side. Without him, I would have stopped. I really needed someone who knows me inside out and who knows what I need to be fit again.”
Wawrinka still hopes to get back before the Australian summer and regain his fitness on which he has been working hard for such long time.