Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has been ruled out of the US Open

Three-time Major victor Stanislas Wawrinka will miss the rest of 2017 after deciding to undergo knee surgery.

The Swiss ace won the third major title of his career at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago, beating Novak Djokovic in the final, but he will now miss this year's tournament, as well as the rest of 2017, after undergoing surgery on his knee.

Wawrinka, who withdrew from the Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati two days ago, previously said that he would aim to return to the ATP Tour as soon as possible.

'After sitting together with my team and considering all options, I have made the very hard decision to end my 2017 season as I need to undergo medical intervention on my knee, ' said World No.4 Wawrinka. This is the only option that will provide me the opportunity for many more years to play at the highest level. "I will see you all in 2018!" He had to ice his knee during his first-round loss to Russia's Daniil Medvedev at Wimbledon.

Three-time grand slam victor Wawrinka is the current US Open champion but will not defend his crown at Flushing Meadows this month and has been replaced in the draw by Germany's Florian Mayer. He also reached the finals of the BNP Paribas Open (losing to Roger Federer) and at the French Open (losing to Rafael Nadal).

'This is obviously extremely disappointing, but I'm already looking ahead and planning my recovery.

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