He may be three seasons removed from his last ATP-level title, but coach Dani Vallverdu is backing Stan Wawrinka for a comeback effort in 2021.

The 35-year-old treble Grand Slam winner did claim a Challenger trophy this COVID-affected season; but Stan’s last honour at the top level came on home clay in Geneva, 2017.

With the start of the upcoming season still in serious doubt due to Australian hesitation about alowing players into the lock-down country for the Open, Wawrinka and his Venezuelan coach have been bearing down in the brief off-season.

“The last few events of the year were very encouraging,’ Vallverdu, formerly with Andy Murray, said.

“Stan’s now ready to go through this training block in December, and hopefully have a full season next year.

“The hunger is definitely there and he wants to make a last push now at the end of his career. The goal is not just to win tournaments, but to feel like he’s competitive at a high level.

“It would be unrealistic to say that the goals are to win a Grand Slam. Whether it can happen or not? Of course it can.”

Wawrinka underwent a pair of knee surgeries in summer, 2017 and has taken a few seasons to find his way back. The Swiss currently ranks a solid 18th.

“With his potential and experience Stan feels that if he’s competitive against the guys at the top, he’s always going to have a chance to achieve big results,” the coach added.


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