Fabio Fognini revealed in the press conference the main reason why he failed to beat the Austrian Ofner after a hard battle of 5 sets, at the Roland Garros 2023. A shocking revelation at the end of the match that ousted him from the race in Paris, one step away from the finish of the round of 16.
The Italian explained: "I have a physical problem, I pulled my chest. I decided to play anyway because such an opportunity will never happen again, since it's my last or penultimate Roland Garros. Too bad because the trains pass and never come back." Fognini then revealed: "Without taking anything away from my opponent, also because whoever wins always deserves, I would hardly have lost this match under normal conditions.
I'll be a braggart to say it but that's how it is".
Fabio Fognini's injury
The Italian tennis player continued to let off steam in the conference, confirming that he won't play on grass: "I signed up for Perugia and Parma but right now I just want to go somewhere to relax, I think I need it.
At 36 I'm tired of getting hurt, I don't accept it anymore. In 6 months I've played three tournaments... too much discontinuity." However, the Italian was keen to underline the wonderful adventure he had in France: "It's the beauty of this sport and it's what I will miss once I retire from tennis .
I am emotional, I play and live for these matches. It makes me proud to still unleash people's enthusiasm, to still be able to fill stadiums and to be able to create a good environment. But I no longer accept certain things.
At the end of the year, over a beer or a nice glass of wine, I will decide my future in peace. I'll look in the mirror and decide what to do," concluded the 36-year-old, who despite the difficulties had the strength to win two incredible matches in Paris this year.
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