Stan Wawrinka determined to get back to the top of his game
He has struggled with injury in recent months, but Stan Wawrinka is now ready to start his climb back to the top.
The Swiss player missed the latter stages of the 2017 season as he underwent surgery on his injured knee.
Although he made his comeback at the Australian Open, he was still not 100% and was beaten in the second round by unseeded Tennys Sandgren.
After spending the last two weeks recovering at home, he will return to action in Bulgaria this week as he has accepted a late wildcard to compete in the Sofia Open.
“I came back from Australia with a lot of work to do for my knee, tennis-wise. I felt better this week, so I decided that it may be a good option for me to start a little bit earlier with tournaments,” he told Sofiaopen.bg.
He added: “I am feeling much better. Since the first day I came back from Australia I was working really hard physically and also for my tennis. I am feeling better and better and starting to come back to my top level. I am happy with all the improvement I am making and I am happy to back in the tour.”
Wawrinka knows the next few months will be tough, but he is hopeful he will retain his best form.
“For me, my main goal is to come back at my top level physically and tennis-wise,” he said.
“I know it was really tough to be out for six months. Big surgeries take time to come back. So that is my first goal. When I feel ready with everything than I will try to see what more I can achieve.”
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