Stanislas Wawrinka is to return to action at the Toronto Masters next month, after making a recovery from illness.
The Swiss was forced to miss his home tournament at the Swiss Open in Gstaad this month, and he is yet to play since losing to compatriot Roger Federer in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon earlier in July.
The Australian Open champion had been suffering with fever before Wimbledon, but he fought on to play at SW19, and decided to take a period of rest after the tournament.
Return to action
But the 29-year-old revealed on Friday that he is keen to get back onto court, and confirmed his availability for the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
"I need to be ready for the last few months of the season," he is quoted by beIN Sports as saying.
"It's a long series and it will be tough for sure. It will be another big challenge.
"I'm trying to be fit and to do everything possible not to be injured.
"I've had some rest and that's important. I also did some work with my fitness trainer but not a lot on court just yet.
"I started tennis only a few days ago. I'll leave next week for Toronto."
Wawrinka will hope to have had enough rest to compete in the second hard court season of the year, as he aims to build up form before playing at the US Open at the end of August, and he is also scheduled to play at the Cincinnati Masters before then.
He will be looking for a similar performance to his run at Flushing Meadows last year, where he reached the semi-finals before losing to top seed Novak Djokovic in five sets, which sparked the most impressive run of form in his career so far.
A year to remember
Should he reach the latter stages of the tournament in New York, then it will cap an unforgettable year for Wawrinka, who won his maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January, beating Spaniard Rafael Nadal in four sets in the final, taking his world ranking to third, his highest ever position.
That was followed by his third ATP Masters 1000 series title victory in Monte Carlo in April, as he fought back from a set down to defeat Federer and win his seventh singles title.
But Wawrinka did not manage to follow up that strong performance on clay at the French Open this year, as Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez caused a shock by defeating the third seed in four sets.
There will be a busy schedule for him to face going into the latter stages of the season, as he will be expected to take part in Switzerland’s Davis Cup semi-final against Italy just one week after the US Open, with the possibility of playing in the final in November.
Wawrinka will also expect to play in the ATP World Tour Finals in November, as he is well set to finish in the top eight of the rankings this year.
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