Fabio Fognini to headline 2020 Geneva Open field

by   |  VIEW 1578

Fabio Fognini to headline 2020 Geneva Open field

Staged at the Tennis Club de Genève at Parc des Eaux-Vives, the oldest and largest tennis club in Switzerland, the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open returned to the ATP calendar in 2015 after being previously held between 1980-1991.

Bjorn Borg (his last ATP title), Mats Wilander and Thomas Muster all won the title there in the past and it was Thomas Bellucci who claimed the first event on the return in 2015. A home star Stan Wawrinka lifted the trophy in 2016 and 2017, receiving a wild card together with Fabio Fognini and David Ferrer last year but only to hand the crown to Marton Fucsovics.

The organizers lost Daniil Medvedev and Fabio Fognini just before the start of 2019 edition but got a surprising entrance of world no. 5 Alexander Zverev went all the way to claim the only title of the season after a thrilling win over Nicolas Jarry.

The 2020 edition will take place between May 18-24, offering the last opportunity for players to shape up their game ahead of Roland Garros that kicks off a week later. The organizers have confirmed world no. 12 Fabio Fognini as the first signed player for the next year's edition, making his second appearance at Geneva Open following the semi-final loss in 2018.

The Italian enjoyed the career-best season in 2019, cracking the top-10 in June and finishing just outside the elite group despite a mediocre 30-24 score. His best result came at Monte Carlo where he delivered his best tennis against Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric, Rafael Nadal and Dusan Lajovic to lift the ninth and so far the most notable ATP crown.

The results were not that good for the rest of the year, advancing into five quarter-finals but losing them all, missing the opportunity to compete at the ATP Finals for the first time.