Fabio Fognini had a very poor South American clay-court swing losing in the opening round in three tournaments in a row: Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. In the Brazilian tournament this week the Italian lost to Felix-Auger Aliassime in straight sets, 6-2 6-4.
The Italian was followed by his wife Flavia Pennetta and their son Federico, but he feels he needs to take a break from tennis. "I need some time at home and take a rest", Fognini admitted in a press conference. "If I will have some more mental energy I will be back in Indian Wells otherwise I will take some time off.
I just retired from doubles. I have a little ankle pain and I'd rather not play. But I want to speak about the match and not invent excuses. He will have a great future, he played better than me. I tried with what I have, which is less at the moment.
In this part of the season, I lost my game. Last week I lost a very bad match and here I came with no goals, just thinking to play and trying to find my tennis again. I had five or six break points and I did not manage to break him."
Reflecting again on his loss to Jaume Munar in Buenos Aires, Fognini admitted: "There I thought of coming back home. But with all the complicated things of life, the best I can do is to face them. I need to turn the chapter and do it in a short time, staying with my family and thinking about what I want to do and then be back in Miami or Monte Carlo.
This is the biggest doubt I have now." Juan Martin del Potro and Maximo Gonzalez, Alexander and Sascha Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Steve Johnson, Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev are also committed to play Indian Wells doubles draw.