Stan Wawrinka announced his decision to withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open presented by Itau, two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, on Thursday.
“Unfortunately I need to announce that I won’t be able to play in Indian Wells and Miami,” said Wawrinka. “They are both amazing events, but coming back from a big surgery is complicated and after having played a few tournaments I have discussed with my team that it is best for me to build on the progress and go back to practice.
“I’ve enjoyed being back on Tour, playing matches and this gives me even more motivation to go back on the practice court. My goal is to find my highest level again and in order to do that I will keep working hard every single day.”
The Swiss added that he is planning to come back for the European clay swing, which begins in April.
“I need to be patient and give my body the time it needs, but as of now my goal is to come back on clay,” said Wawrinka. “I love that part of the season and hope to be ready by then. I want to thank all my fans who are always a great support. I’m working hard on and off the court and hope to be back within a few weeks.”