Stan Wawrinka news: Injury-hit three-time Grand Slam winner to make long-awaited return

Stan Wawrinka collecting balls

Stan Wawrinka is set to return to competitive tennis next week following his injury nightmare with the former world No 3 signing up to play on the ATP Challenger Tour.

The three-time Grand Slam winner has not played since the Qatar Open in March last year as he underwent a small procedure on a foot injury.

He initially set his sights on a return to the grass-court season, but his recovery was slow and required a second operation, forcing him to miss Wimbledon, the US Open and this year’s Australian Open.

The Swiss will now take his first steps on court at the AndalucĂ­a Challenger event in Marbella, which starts on Sunday, after he was handed a wildcard.

If he comes through that tournament unscathed, then he will move up the ATP Tour as he has been awarded a wildcard for the Monte Carlo Masters, which runs from April 11-17.