Fabio Fognini lost to Marton Fucsovics in three sets at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Wednesday. The Italian player has been dealing with an ankle injury for months, and he still managed to have probably the best season in his career winning three titles: Sao Paulo, Bastad and Los Cabos.
'When the match is close, I cannot run anymore', Fognini told Tennis World Italia in Vienna. 'I could not practice after the Chinese swing and now I am forced to keep forward with what I have.' Analyzing his physical issue in detail, Fognini added: 'It's not an excuse, but I am painful, unfortunately.
Luckily I almost ended. I will play in Paris of course, but like before Stockholm, I will not practice.' I have to speak with my team because everything depends on how the ankle injury evolves. I have to admit that I am thinking about undergoing surgery.
I am speaking with physiotherapists, I have been painful since March, I kept playing thanks to medicines but it often obliged me to interrupt training sessions for a while before starting them again. I cannot deal with it anymore.
We will have to see what doctors say in order to understand the recovery time and if avoiding the operation is possible. If there was a different path I would go with it because I do not like this kind of surgeries. I did not undergo surgery for the wrist, so I would like to avoid an ankle surgery at 31 years and a half.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'It's clear the RF logo will be returned to me one day'