Sport Wawrinka feeling positive about Australian Open chances

12:44  09 january  2018
12:44  09 january  2018 Source:   Omnisport

'Looking forward to starting': Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal provide boost for 2018 Australian Open

  'Looking forward to starting': Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal provide boost for 2018 Australian Open Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal have given the Australian Open a major boost following the withdrawals of Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.Wawrinka last featured at Wimbledon in July when he was sent packing in the first round after his shock 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 loss to Daniil Medvedev.

Stan Wawrinka gave Australian Open organisers a massive boost on Tuesday when he told reporters he was feeling “really positive ” about the new season and was keen to get back on court. The year’s opening grand slam has been hit hard by absences with Andy Murray

Former champion Stan Wawrinka gave Australian Open organisers a massive boost on Tuesday when he told reporters he was feeling "really positive " about the new season and was keen to get back on court.

stanwawrinka - cropped: Stan Wawrinka at Melbourne Park © Provided by Omnisport Stan Wawrinka at Melbourne Park

Stan Wawrinka is feeling positive about his chances of playing at the Australian Open as he closes in on a return from injury.

The three-time grand slam champion has not featured on the ATP Tour since August, a knee injury forcing him to miss his US Open defence, and the ATP Finals.

Wawrinka – who won his first major title in Melbourne in 2014 – has been targeting this year's first grand slam for his comeback, and even delayed his return to give his body "the time it needs".

That saw him pull out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships at the back end of December, but the Swiss is in Australia and optimistic he will be able to take his place in the main draw.

Wawrinka confirms he will play Australian Open

  Wawrinka confirms he will play Australian Open Swiss star Stan Wawrinka will make his return from a knee injury at the Australian Open.Former champion Stan Wawrinka only decided on Saturday he would play the Australian Open as he prepares for a return from knee surgery.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Stan Wawrinka gave Australian Open organizers a massive boost on Tuesday when he told reporters he was feeling "really positive " about the new season and was keen to get back on court.

Melbourne: Former champion Stan Wawrinka gave Australian Open organisers a massive boost on Tuesday when he told reporters he was feeling “really positive ” about the new season and was keen to get back on court.

"I'm really, really happy to be back on the Tour and seeing the sun," Wawrinka said after an event with the Australian Open ball kids on Tuesday.

"For me, the first thing is to play a match, to play a tennis match again. It's been many months out of the tour.

"It's not always the best when you are an athlete so I'm looking forward to it, enjoying the crowd. Still a lot to do but I'm feeling really positive so looking forward to starting."

Wawrinka's words will provide a further boost to Australian Open organisers after Rafael Nadal stated his hopes of featuring despite struggling with a knee injury and losing on his return to Richard Gasquet at the Kooyong Classic.

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