Fabio Fognini criticized the Rome Open tournament director Sergio Palmieri. The Italian player was disappointed about playing two matches on Thursday, one against Radu Albot in the day session and then, against Stefanos Tsitsipas at night.
"Unfortunately, the tournament director is this one and we have to keep him. Some people should be away from those things. It's a thought of mine and I had said it last year too. What could have the director done? I do not know that, ask him," said Fognini, who also spoke about the match: "He is going through a very good moment and you could see it.
When I had my chances I gave him the win." However, through his official Instagram account, on Friday Fognini clarified the matter. "When you are touched by a strong feeling, it happens that you can share a concept in a wrong way.
On Thursday night I was emotional and in a press conference, I made too strong claims. Dear Sergio, I apologize to you. I am aware of the enormous work you have done over all those years as a tournament director, I love this event like no other.
I just wanted to share my disappointment for how the situation was handled during the event. I send a hug to you and to the amazing crowd in Rome. See you next year. A kiss, Fogna." Fognini has then withdrawn from the Geneva Open that takes place next week in order to fully recover from a leg injury that has been bothering him since his Monte Carlo Masters win. He will be back in the French Open.