Wawrinka to play through pain in Aus­tralia

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S- Stan Wawrinka wants to re­turn at next month’s Aus­tralian Open - even if he hasn’t com­pletely re­cov­ered from in­jury. Wawrinka spent the ma­jor­ity of last sea­son strug­gling with a prob­lem be­hind his left knee, which even­tu­ally re­quired him to un­dergo surgery.

The three-time Grand Slam win­ner is back in full train­ing, yet is not sure whether he will be 100 per cent in time for the start of next sea­son. How­ever, Wawrinka is still keen to par­tic­i­pate in the Aus­tralian Open re­gard­less. “It’s been since a year - the Swiss In­doors in Basel - that I suf­fered knee is­sues,” Wawrinka said.

“The only re­gret is that I didn’t stop be­fore the grass-court sea­son, which wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion. “At the mo­ment my pri­or­ity is to re­cover well from my two surg­eries. I work hard phys­i­cally six days out of seven, but from the ten­nis point of view I’m a lit­tle bit be­hind.

“The goal is to play Aus­tralian Open, even if I am not 100 per cent healthy.”

While he was on the treat­ment table, Wawrinka’s coach, Mag­nus Nor­man, de­cided to re­tire, with the Swiss player yet to de­cide on a re­place­ment.

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