Stan Wawrinka is targeting a return to tennis during the clay season and hopes to be fit by the French Open.
The 36-year-old, who had undergone knee surgery a few years ago, has been struggling with a foot injury for almost a year.
“People often ask me why I’m trying to come back after my injury and carry on, but it’s because I’m passionate about tennis, I love the spectators,” he was quoted as saying by the Roland Garros website.
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“When I walk out on court, I make sure I remember that it’s a game. The whole basis of tennis is that we tell children to ‘go and play!’
“A lot of people forget that when they turn professional: they see tennis as a job. What motivates me the most is reminding myself that I’m going to play, have fun and enjoy myself!”
Wawrinka last played at the Doha Open, in March 2021, when he lost to Lloyd Harris in the first round.
The Swiss player has dropped to 171 in the rankings and may need a wildcard to make the Roland Garros cut.
He won the French Open in 2015.