Fabio Fognini Pulls Out of Estoril Open

Published 05/02/2019, 5:36 AM EDT


Fabio Fognini has withdrawn from Estoril Open due to a leg injury. The Italian player decided to pull out of the Estoril Open after his morning training session at Clube de Tenis do Estoril.

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Fabio Fognini was forced to skip the Barcelona Open last week due to the injury. The no. 12th ranked player in the world was again forced to pull out on his first appearance at Millenium Estoril Open. Fabio Fognini was provided with the no. 2 seed in the main draw of the event. He was scheduled to play Pablo Cuevas in the round of 16 in Estoril.

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Recently Fabio Fognini accomplished his greatest achievement so far at the Monte Carlo Masters. He defeated the 11-time champion, Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals in Monaco. The Italian couldn’t recover from the left leg injury when expected. The left leg has been bothering Fognini since the Monte Carlo Masters finals against Dusan Lajovic.

Fabio Fognini will be replaced by his fellow compatriot and lucky loser, Filippo Baldi. Filippo Baldi will face another lucky loser Pablo Cuevas in the round of 16 of the Estoril Open.

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“Do not ask me why it happened there, I do not know it, tennis is a very crazy sport. On Tuesday I suddenly felt tired, I felt all the tiredness of the last week, “ Fabio Fognini said after withdrawing from the Barcelona Open.

“I am very sad for not being able to play here, it’s already the third year that it happens. One year I could not play, the other I forgot to commit and this one I got injured. The good thing is that the injury is not serious but I do not want to take a risk and I hope to recover as soon as possible, added Fognini.

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Fabio Fognini is still unsure about his comeback. He has apparently not set the date to come back to tennis after injury. Fognini added, “If it keeps hurting me, I will not play the next event in Estoril either. I will try to play the next big tournaments. I do not know how my body will react, I will go to Madrid only if I am at 100 percent.”

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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