At 5:00 PM on Tuesday in Cincinnati, a little bit surprisingly Novak Djokovic wrote a tweet on the bridge fallen in Genova, Northern of Italy, that caused around 30 deaths. The Serbian player has a special relationship with Italy: he fluently speaks this language as he trained just near Genova for some years before turning professional, and he obviously loves Rome Open, where he won four times (2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015), and where this year he cameback to play at a high tennis level losing just to the eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
'My team prays for Genova today. Our hearts are for you', wrote Djokovic. His team is made up of two Italians, agents Edoardo Artaldi and Elena Cappellaro. Through Instagram, the Milan native Francesca Schiavone wrote: 'A lot of thoughts for you.
Be the support and encouragement allow to bring you strength and the solidarity.' It wasn't definitely an easy day for Fabio Fognini, who was born just a few kilometres away from Genova, in Arma di Taggia (Liguria region).
He is training in Miami this week, especially on a physical level with his fitness trainer Duglas Cordero, and when he wake up the news was already everywhere. 'I woke up now and I learned about the tragic news in Genova.
What a disaster. I am next to all the victims families', wrote Fognini, who withdrew from Cincinnati Open this week. From Italy, his wife Flavia Pennetta and son Federico reached Miami to spend a little bit of time together.
Pennetta will soon get back in her country to work as Eurosport TV analyst during the US Open.