Fabio Fognini recently took stock of the momentum in men's tennis and on his future as a professional athlete. At the age of 36, the Italian player is trying to find the best physical condition to return to express himself at excellent levels in the ATP circuit, and perhaps give himself the last satisfactions in an important and rewarding career.
The former number 9 in the ranking has decided to restart from a Challenger tournament on clay in Zug (Switzerland) to earn valuable points and move up a few positions since he is currently outside the top 100. In the interview with Italian newspaper Giornale di Vicenza, Fognini spoke of the difficult moment he is trying to overcome: "I'm looking for health, I'm still here to suffer.
The results in Rome and Paris give me confidence but also a little sadness. Tennis is work, suffering, fun and many sacrifices. But I'm still here willing to do them all. Surely there are regrets in my career, maybe I would do something different going back but not as others wanted."
Fognini expressed on the next generation
Fabio also talked about the young tennis players who continue to take the stage more and more on the circuit: "They are all strong and in the coming years there will be a good debate about who will be the best.
Carlos Alcaraz is already a confirmation, but also Holger Rune and Jannik Sinner and others we will see them dominate. I wish Jannik a great career and he is following his path in the right way. Knowing him, I'm sure he will achieve important results." Fognini also answered a question about what he plans to do after retiring from competition: "I don't see myself in a full-time coaching role.
But in the meantime, I'm thinking above all about returning to play. I still want to give myself a few more chances." In Switzerland, the Italian will try to test his physique in view of the most prestigious appointments, mainly scheduled on hard courts.
The ranking is not on the side of the Ligurian at the moment, but he is ready to give his all on the pitch against any opponent.