Stan Wawrinka 'very doubtful' for next week's Cincinnati Masters

by: Kamakshi Tandon | August 09, 2016

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A decision is expected to be made in the "next few days." (AP)

Magnus Norman, Stan Wawrinka's coach, says that the Swiss is "very doubtful" for Cincinnati, though the world No. 4 appears to be training again.

Wawrinka withdrew from the Olympics, citing a back injury that he said prevented him from playing. He published photos of himself on the practice court on social media this week, but has not publicly set a return date.

Asked if he would be accompanying Wawrinka in Cincinnati, Norman indicated that Wawrinka's participation was questionable, but noted that a decision would be made in the "next few days."

Norman was not with Wawrinka last week in Toronto, where the two-time Grand Slam champion reached the semifinals. Despite the impressive showing, Wawrinka looked unusually uncompetitive in the second set of his 7-6 (6), 6-1 loss to Kei Nishikori.

Wawrinka's withdrawal would further deplete the Cincinnati field. Roger Federer will not play again this season because of a knee injury, though he plans to return to the tour next season.

It’s also unlikely that Novak Djokovic will play Cincinnati. The Western & Southern Open is the only Masters 1000 event that the Serb has not won in his career. 

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