In a declaration he made to Noah Rubin’s Behind the Racquet, World No. 11 Fabio Fognini talked about the struggles of balancing his professional life with his private one. “The worst time of the year for me is between December and January when I am really close to flying again,” he said.
“I have a long pre season, see friends, some good dinners, and then I get back on the road. I always get sick days before I am about to leave. Sometimes a fever or a cough, and I just tell myself it is going to be okay.
it has been like this for about 10 years. It happens because after having the chance to be at home, close to family and friends, it is almost like I am part of another life. I am still practicing but to have the chance to catch up with everyone doesn’t really happen during the season.
I remember my first child being eight months old, and Flavia and I were in Miami again for pre season. That time was unique. I was about to fly out to Australia and I began to cry like a baby. I just couldn’t imagine leaving them”.
Now that the season is suspended, Fognini’s words weight even more. In fact, many players have shared that they use this period off the circuit to enjoy time with their family, something they can hardly do during regular seasons.