Fabio Fognini diagnosed with foot fracture after brutal Australian Open loss

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Fabio Fognini diagnosed with foot fracture after brutal Australian Open loss

Fabio Fognini has announced that he will be out for some time after sustaining a left foot fracture at the Australian Open. Fognini, 35, kicked off his 2023 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland before going to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

At the Australian Open, Fognini didn't make it far as he suffered a straight-set defeat to Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round. "Unfortunately in Melbourne I was not able to compete as I wished. My left foot gave me some issues.

As soon as I got back to Italy I did others medical investigations and the doctors discovered an intra-articular fracture of the head of the first proximal phalanx of my left foot. Now my goal is to try to get back in shape as soon as I can," Fognini announced on Instagram.

Fognini is 0-2 in 2023

Fognini, a former top-10 player, started his 2023 season in Auckland, where he was up by a set before losing in three sets to Jenson Brooksby.

After losing in the Auckland first round, Fognini went to Melbourne. In the Australian Open first round, Fognini stood no chance against Kokkinakis as the home favorite defeated the Italian 6-1 6-2 6-2. After the first two games, Fognini and Kokkinakis were tied to one game apiece.

Then, Kokkinakis went on a big run as he earned four breaks in a row and won nine consecutive games to take a 6-1 4-0 lead. Fognini served out the fifth game of the second set to end Kokkinakis' run of nine consecutive games but it didn't change much as the Australian served out for a two-set lead in the eighth game.

After easily winning the first two sets, Kokkinakis had no problems closing out the match as he broke Fognini twice in the third set to complete a three-set win. Fognini, who will be turning 36 in May, is now set to miss some time. It remains to be seen when will Fognini be allowed to return to action.