Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini will face each other on Saturday September 28 at the Wuhan Open before the women's singles final. The Austrian and the Italian players will have a similar schedule in the next weeks as they both are committed to the Laver Cup in Geneva, then Beijing and Shanghai.
Thiem is looking forward to promote the Wuhan Open. “I have heard that Wuhan Open is one of the biggest and best women’s tournaments in the world and as a tennis fan I’m excited to come and experience it for myself", said Thiem.
"I hope Fabio and I can put on a really good show for the fans and have some fun on court”. Fognini added: “Domi and I are good friends and we’re ready to have some fun on the court. Matches like this are about entertainment and showing a less serious side of tennis, when players are not competing for a big title but instead just want to show off our beautiful sport”.
Wuhan Open Co-Tournament Director (Mrs) Quiping Li said: “We want to open our doors to the people of Wuhan and invite them into a fun, family-oriented world of tennis, sports, culture and entertainment, with a world class women’s tennis tournament at its heart.
We are committed to bringing tennis into the community and helping Wuhan fall more and more in love with the sport”. Fognini and Thiem are close friends. In last year's Rome Open the Italian upset the Austrian in a three-set second round match in front of a packed crowd.
Thiem took a revenge in this year's Madrid Open which was Fabio's first tournament since his maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo.