During the present times of unpredictability of air travel, tennis professionals are skeptical about their trip to New York this year. Most of the Non-Americans are not willing to play the US Open 2020. It is all due to the risk involved in traveling and unplayable situations in the country. Likewise, Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini is more inclined towards European clay courts than the hard-court events in the US this year.
While the tennis tour was shut down Fognini underwent surgeries on both his ankles. Now after recovering, he plans to resume his practice sessions from Monday. His coach Corrado Barazzutti will commence his preparation for the clay season. And this year they are aiming to qualify for the ATP Finals 2020.
“We prepare for the clay season hoping that Madrid, Rome, and Paris will be held. Fabio could continue with the European indoor season with the goal to qualify for the ATP Finals,” Barazzutti told Supertennis.
“Let’s see if the coronavirus will allow us to continue this plan. Fabio will resume training gradually from Monday. Fabio is in good shape and sped up his recovery after surgery. We are very confident.”
Barazzutti is highly doubtful about the US Open getting underway this August. He stated its ‘too complicated’ to go to the US during the widespread of the virus. The tournament will announce their final take on their decision in mid-July. And there are chances the New York mayor would call off the event.
“There is no time enough to play at the US Open. If I can express my opinion, I don’t think that the US Open will be held this year. The situation in the US is too serious and I doubt that it will improve in a short period of time. It is too complicated to go to the USA. Players do not want to go there. It’s still too complicated to play in a country, which is still hit hard by COVID-19,” Barazzutti added. (Quotes have been translated)
Last year the Italian champion Fabio Fognini pulled off the biggest title of his career at Monte Carlo Masters. En route to the title, he defeated the ultimate ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal in these semifinals.