Springtime in Paris can be even sweeter this yr.
French followers will welcome Stan Wawrinka again to Roland Garros.
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The 2015 Roland Garros champion confirmed he plans to play the clay-court Grand Slam, which begins on Could twenty second, in an interview with Le Parisien in Paris.
“Sure, [I will play] Roland Garros, sure,” Wawrinka told Le Parisien.
The three-time Grand Slam champion has not performed a match since bowing to Lloyd Harris in a three-set Doha final in March of 2021. Wawrinka has been rehabbing two left foot surgical procedures he had final yr that restricted him to simply six matches.
He advised Le Parisien that he longs to embrace the game for the pure pleasure of it as soon as once more.
“I am typically requested why I am attempting to come back again from damage and proceed, however it’s as a result of tennis is a ardour, I really like the general public,” Wawrinka stated. “Above all, after I enter a tennis court docket, I all the time keep in mind that it is a sport. The idea of tennis is that you simply inform a baby Go play! There are a lot of who overlook it after they flip skilled: they take tennis an excessive amount of as a job. Me, what motivates me and what nonetheless pushes me is to inform myself I’ll play, that I’ll have enjoyable.”
Wawrinka made his main debut on the 2005 Roland Garros reaching the third spherical. Wawrinka whipped 60 winners, together with a number of sensible backhand strikes, upsetting Novak Djokovic within the 2015 Roland Garros last.
Final yr, he was compelled to withdraw whereas recovering from foot surgical procedure snapping his streak of 16 straight Roland Garros appearances.
Stan the Man flashed his signature stroke, the one-handed backhand, on this latest Instagram video.
Wawrinka has been working with coach Pierre Paganini throughout his rehab. Paganini is Roger Federer’s long-time coach and figures to play a pivotal position because the 40-year-old Federer goals to comeback from knee surgical procedure.
In a latest interview together with his sponsor, Credit score Suisse, Federer stated he ought to know by April or Could if his surgically-repaired knee can face up to the pains of a return to the professional tour.
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