ATP Tour

Wawrinka forced out of Japan Open

2016-09-30 12:22
Stan Wawrinka (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of next week’s Rakuten Japan Open through injury.

The world No 3 was due to compete in Tokyo on the back of his victory at the US Open, where he produced a huge upset to beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the event.

But a back injury has forced Wawrinka to withdraw from the tournament which gets underway on October 3 - the same injury which kept him out of the Olympics, in Rio, during the summer.

It has been a draining month for the Swiss, who lost the final at the St Petersburg Open last week after lifting the US Open crown.

There are question marks now over whether the 31-year-old will appear at the Masters 1000, in Shanghai from October 9 after he has already qualified for the end-of-season Masters, in London.

In Wawrinka’s absence, two-time champion Kei Nishikori will be the No 1 seed in Tokyo, with Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych also in the field.

Nishikori beat Milos Raonic in the 2012 and 2014 finals in front of his home crowd at the Ariake Coliseum.

Read more on:    japan open  |  atp tour  |  stan wawrinka  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.