Fabio Fognini on the ATP’s decision to withdraw points at Wimbledon


Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has joined a chorus of top male and female tennis players lending their voices against the ATP and WTA’s decision to strip ranking points from the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

The decision came after the All England Club decided to ban players from Russia and Belarus from taking part in the Wimbledon Championships this year. The ATP and WTA retaliation leaves participating players with the disadvantage of earning no points from the Grand Slam event.

Fognini, known for being outspoken and forthright in his opinions, was quick to offer his take on the matter. In a recent interview with Ubitennis, the Italian said he also heard rumors of reduced prices for Wimbledon. With no points and fewer prize money, he said he could skip the event on his least favorite surface and go to Formentera with his family.

“I personally spoke to (the ATP president) (Andrea) Gaudenzi, and I complimented him: rumor has it that they will also reduce the price. If so, also considering the sensation not so good with the grass, in those two weeks I was able to bring the family to Formentera,” Fognini said.

Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem says playing Wimbledon without earning points is difficult for all players. However, this disproportionately affects Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini, who will drop 2000 and 1200 points respectively with no chance of earning any points.

Fabio Fognini wins first-round match in his 15th French Open appearance

French Open 2022 - Day 1
French Open 2022 – Day 1

Fabio Fognini’s first round match at the 2022 French Open on Sunday was his 15th Major appearance on clay.

The 34-year-old’s best Grand Slam was the French Open. His best result at a Major was a quarter-final at Roland Garros in 2011. Speaking after his first round victory, the Italian said he would also like to play a 16th Roland Garros.

“I would also like to play 16th, but as I said at the end of the season, we will summarize and see,” Fognini said.

Guaranteed show 🎩 Quarter-finalist in 2011, Fabio Fognini made his Roland-Garros debut against Australian Alexei Popyrin, recent winner of the Bordeaux Challenger!#RGsurPrime #Roland Garros https://t.co/SQ3pP8BA0a

He got through a tough first-round opponent in Alexei Popyrin of Australia in straight sets, winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. The world number 51 was delighted with his win, especially as it came days before his 35th birthday.

“Winning 3-0 in the first round of a Grand Slam is never easy, to do it at almost 35 certainly tastes better. I handled the game well, I knew I had to insist on his backhand and that would give me a lot of points. It did. Winning in the tournament I love the most is always special,” he said of his performance.

Fabio Fognini takes on 26th seed Botin van de Zandschulp ahead of a potential clash with Rafael Nadal in the third round.

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