Tennis-Injured Wawrinka won't be ready for Wimbledon

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(Reuters) -Three-times Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of Wimbledon due to a foot injury that also ruled him out of the ongoing French Open, the governing body of men's tennis (ATP) has said.

Former world number three Wawrinka underwent an operation on his left foot earlier this year. The 36-year-old Swiss has not played on the ATP Tour since his opening round defeat by Lloyd Harris at the Qatar Open in March.

The Wimbledon competition starts on June 28.

Wawrinka has competed at the All England Club on 15 occasions, reaching the quarter-finals in 2014 and 2015.

He won the Australian Open in 2014 before adding the French Open (2015) and U.S. Open (2016) titles to his trophy cabinet.

The world number 24 is in rehabilitation at his base in Monaco. His spokesperson told Reuters last month that the player hoped to be fit for the grasscourt season after skipping the claycourt Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

"Stan was hoping to be ready for the grass court season but after careful consideration with his team, he has decided that he is not quite ready and wants to wait until he is fully ready before competing again," the spokesperson said on Saturday.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru and Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; Editing by William Mallard and Hugh Lawson)