Coach Corrado Barazzutti has revealed that Fabio Fognini is planning to start the season restart at the General Open in Kitzbuhel, which is scheduled to take place from September 8-13. Fognini, ranked at No. 11, in the world, used the Tour suspension to recover from some of his nagging injuries as in late-May he underwent an arthroscopic surgery on both ankles.
The 33-year-old's recovery has gone well and he has decided to skip the US hard court swing when the season restarts and instead stay in Europe and play clay court events. "Fabio knows what he has to do if he wants to recover in the best possible way.
And he works hard. We train every day, I am very satisfied with his commitment and his results. It will be ready in a few weeks. If all goes well, Fabio will be in Kitzbühel. We are confident because everything is going well," Barazzutti told La Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted on We Love Tennis France.
Fognini said it was an injury that plagued him for years
"I’ve been having a problem with my left ankle for three-and-a-half years now. It’s an issue I’ve learned to cope with. Then my right ankle started playing up in the past two years as well,” Fognini wrote at the time.
“I had hoped the various issues would go away during my two-month break from the game because of the lockdown, but when I resumed training, they were still there. "After medical examination and a long discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles.
"I believe it’s the right thing to do while the Tour is on this enforced break. I will undergo surgery in Italy today. I can’t wait to be back playing again!" A month and a half after the surgery, Barazzutti said: "On Monday I will start training him again with all the attention.
We will start again with a series of gradual workouts that will obviously be agreed with the physiotherapist and the doctor who operated him. Depending on how he reacts, we could more or less intensify these workouts. "The goal is to put him in a position to compete in the first clay courts."
Fognini, a former world No. 9, has played four times in Kitzbuhel over the course of his career and his best result at the tournament came in 2017, when he made the semifinal.