“He Can Aim High”: Coach Describes 2021 Goals For Fabio Fognini

Published 12/28/2020, 5:00 AM EST
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 18: Fabio Fognini of Italy celebrates match point against Alexander Zverev of Germany in their third round match during day five of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 18, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Tennis is a highly competitive sport, and every top player wants to keep improving to win more titles. The 33-year-old Fabio Fognini is also looking forward to making his case heard in 2021. His new coach, the Argentinian Alberto Mancini, talked about the Italian’s mindset for the next season.

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Fognini favors the clay-court more than others; however, he has been a determined sportsman on every platform. Out of his 9 ATP singles titles, the Italian has produced 8 on clay. Unfortunately, undergoing ankle surgery, his plans for 2020 were marred.

From 16 matches he played throughout the year, Fabio won 6 and lost 10. Even then, he is currently World No. 17 due to the freezing of the ranks.

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With a new team in place, the Italian aims to make up for his loss. Mancini stated that he wants to make the most of his last years.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 21: Fabio Fognini of Italy serves against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the men’s singles final during day eight of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 21, 2019, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Fabio Fognini is the only Italian player to win Monte-Carlo Masters

In 2019, Fognini registered the biggest win of his career at the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament. Due to the cancellation of the event in 2020, the Italian stands as a defending champion in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France.

But after the disappointing 2020 season, Fabio decided to set up a new team and Alberto was his first choice. The Italian’s manager Ugo Colombini contacted the Argentine and told him how excited and engaged Fabio is at the moment.

“He has a natural talent. In addition, he told me that he wants to make the most of the last years of his career. He is motivated and wants to aim high.

“I think Fabio realized he still had a lot to give,” said Mancini. The new team expects to create wonderful results in the next season.

Fognini’s fitness will play a key role in 2021, believes Mancini

According to the Argentine, the only challenge Fabio is facing is his fitness. The next-generation players have already established themselves on the tour, which is another hurdle for the 33-year-old.

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“If he can maintain a level of fitness throughout the year that gives him peace of mind, with his game he can aim high. We didn’t set Turin as a goal, but it should probably be in his mind,” Alberto concluded.

Turin will the new location of the ATP Finals from next season. Since Fabio is looking to leave a mark in 2021, fans will be delighted to see him play.

Let us wait and watch what the next season has in stock for the fiery Italian.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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