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Stan Wawrinka withdraws from Gstaad, explaining: 'I am still not where I want to be'

It doesn't look like things are getting any easier for Stan Wawrinka as he withdraws from another tournament.
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Stan Wawrinka suffered another injury blow as he was forced to withdraw from Gstaad as he feels he is not yet sufficiently competitive.

Wawrinka has had a torrid time with injury, and he has not been able to play much tennis since injuring his foot in Doha last year.

That kept him off the court for more than a year, although he has been back more recently with him playing matches at Rome, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

He has won just one match since his return, though, and he now believes he needs to focus on practice to raise his level away from tournaments for now.

"I’m sad to say that I will have to withdraw from Gstaad," Wawrinka said on Twitter. "Always, but even more in Switzerland, I want to play my best in front of my fans. I only want to go on court when I feel that I can properly compete. I'm extremely sorry about this.

"It’s been a long road back to recovery and I’m getting better day in day out. Even though I'm happy with the progress, I know that I'm still not where I want to be and where I need to be in order to compete and win consecutive matches at the highest level."

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Despite Stan Wawrinka opting out of Gstaad, it is unlikely to be another lengthy absence. He is still planning on playing a full US hardcourt swing and this may be just a move to up his preparation for it.

"I’m investing in myself and the process to get back to be playing at the level I was playing before my injury," he explained.

"Hopefully see you next year in beautiful Gstaad! Meanwhile I will keep working hard for the rest of the season. Next stop is the US swing."

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