Stan Wawrinka has stepped out of the French Open as he continues his recovery from foot surgery.
The 2015 Roland Garros champion will not play Paris this year snapping his streak of 16 straight French Open appearances.
The three-time Grand Slam champion made his major debut at the 2005 Roland Garros reaching the third round.
The 36-year-old Swiss has not played a match since suffering a three-set loss to Lloyd Harris in his Doha opener in March. Wawrinka aims to return for grass-court season in June.
“After having a small surgery on his foot in March, as much as we had hoped he’d be ready to play in Paris, he wasn’t able to come back to full fitness in time,” a spokeswoman for Wawrinka told Reuters in an emailed statement.“Stan is now working hard with his team for the grasscourt season and hopes to hit the ground running in June.”
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