WASHINGTON – It is now officially a trend.
Not only is Stan Wawrinka skipping the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati to heal his injured knee, he’s skipping the rest of the season.
So the reigning US Open champion will not defend his title.
He’s having a “medical intervention” on his knee.
“I am sad to announce that after talking with my team and doctor I had to make a difficult decision to undergo a medical intervention on my knee. This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said in a statement.
“This is obviously extremely disappointing, but I’m already looking ahead and planning my recovery. I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years. And I also want to take this opportunity to thank my fans for sending plenty of messages of support during the last couple of days. I will see you all in 2018.”
Both 2016 US Open finalists out
Wawrinka, ranked No. 4, joins current No. 5 Novak Djokovic on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
That means that the two players who reached the US Open final a year ago will not be there for the final Grand Slam of the season later this month.
Will Andy No. 1 Andy Murray, who withdrew from the Rogers Cup next week, be next?
It wouldn’t be all that shocking, at this point.
First time in almost half a century that a men’s #USOpen draw has neither finalist from the previous year. In 1970, Rosewall beat Roche.
— Ash Marshall (@AMarshallSport) August 4, 2017