In the world of professional tennis players, Fabio Fognini is known as one of the best exports from Italy. He is one of only 2 players of Italian origin who have ever finished 2 seasons in a row in the top 20; no. 16 in 2013 and no. 20 in 2014. Together with his compatriot Simone Bolelli, Fognini won the Australian Open in 2015 in doubles, making him the first all-Italian duo to win an important tournament in the Open era. Just like Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Fognini’s most successful surface is red sand, on which he won four ATP singles titles, reached the quarter-finals of the French Open 2011 and the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters 2013.
Fabio Fognini’s Biography
Fabio Fognini was born on 24 May 1987 in Sanremo, Italy, the son of Silvana and Fulvio Fognini. He grew up at the side of a sibling, a younger sister named Fulvia. He started playing tennis at the tender age of four. Fabio Fognini is multilingual and speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.
Fabio Fognini’s junior career can boast of 72-36 victories and defeats. In the early stages of his professional career, he played in several futures and challenger tournaments. In 2006 Fognini was quite successful with the Challengers, who qualified him for his first ATP World Tour in Buenos Aires. However, he did not make it past the group stage. The following year, Fognini did much better on the ATP Tour when he qualified for his first Grand Slam tournament, the French Open 2007. However, he also suffered a defeat in the first round.
The Italian also made some real progress at the 2007 Rogers Masters before being beaten in the third round by the formidable tennis player Roger Federer. He made the leap into the top 100 rankings when he finished 2007 in 94th place. In 2008, after being eliminated in the first round of the Australian Open, Fabiano Fognini advanced to the quarter-finals of the Movistar Open and the semi-finals of the Brasil Open. He also made it to the semi-finals of the Orange Warsaw Open and the Croatia Open Umag. In 2009 Fognini reached the third round of the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters before losing to Andy Murray.
2011 can be considered a year of breakthrough for Fognini, as he reached several high points in his career. He made it to the quarter-finals of the 2011 French Open, the first time he reached this stage in a Grand Slam event. He was also the first Italian since 1995 to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open. However, due to injuries and on the advice of his doctor, Fabio Fognini reluctantly withdrew from his quarter-final match against Novak Djokovic. This point was also enough to push him to 32nd place in the individual ranking. He also managed to reach the semi-finals of the 2011 US Open in the men’s doubles together with his Italian compatriot Simone Bolelli.
In April 2012 Fognini reached his first career final at the FRG 2012 Nastase tiriac tournament in Bucharest, where he finally lost to Gilles Simon. He also made it to the third round of the US Open before he was ousted by fan favourite Andy Roddick. In 2013, Fognini reached the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters, making it his first time at a Masters event to reach this level. He moved on to the semi-finals before finally losing to his serial rival Novac Djokovic.
After two failed career finals, Fognini finally won his first career title at the MercedesCup 2013 and maintained his top form by winning the individual title at the International German Open 2013, which enabled him to make the leap into the ATP Top 20 for the first time. The following year, the talented Italian won his third ATP title at the Chile Open 2014, moving him up to 14th place in the rankings. In 2016 he won his fourth career title at the Croatia Open 2016. He also made it to the third round at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, after ousting then defending champion Andy Murray.
Fabio Fognini had a disappointing run at the 2017 US Open and lost in the first round. Although he left the tournament early, he earned heavy fines for a number of offences committed during the match, including obscene remarks to a referee. In October 2017, following an appeal, the Grand Slam Committee lifted Fognini’s 2 tournament ban and also halved his original sentence, but he was put on probation until 2019. In March 2018 Fabio Fognini won his first title at the Brasil Open, moving up to 19th place in the ATP rankings.
Is Fabio Fognini Married? Wife
Just as he earns his living on the tennis court, tennis champion Fabio Fognini also found his love on the court. In 2014, Fognini began dating his Italian professional tennis player and former US Open champion Flavia Pennetta. The couple became engaged in 2015 and became engaged the following year on 11 June 2016, and on 19 May 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Federico.
In Italian professional tennis, Fognini and his wife Flavia Pennetta are definitely considered royalty in Italy. Just like her husband, Pennetta had a very successful career as a professional tennis player. In her illustrious career, which ended in 2015, she won a total of 28 WTA titles. However, before retiring from the sport, Pennetta crowned her career with a Grand Slam title by winning the US Open 2015.
Since he is already married, one can assume that star tennis player Fabio Fognini does not have a girlfriend at the moment. His current wife Flavia Pennetta was his girlfriend for a while, but in the meantime, they have left the dating stage behind, as they made it official by tying the knot.
Before his current relationship, however, Fabio Fognini was known for dating the Bulgarian-born model Svetlana Simeonova. Simeonova has dual citizenship as she is also a naturalized Italian. She is an established actress and television personality in Italy with a number of films and television programmes. Her relationship with the tennis star lasted up to 4 years.
Height And Other Body Measurements
The Italian-born tennis star stands at a height of 178 cm (5 feet 10 inches). As expected from an active professional athlete, Fabio Fognini has a fit physique with an average weight of 79 kg (174 lbs). Despite his rather small frame, Fognini’s baseline play and his big basic strokes are some of his strengths. He also excels in agility, movement and speed.