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Fabio Fognini

“Two sets to zero against Rafa? Maybe you have to go to Lourdes!”

Fabio Fognini: Rules of Life(30 y.o.)
Fabio Fognini

Personal Facts


  • "I began playing tennis at age 4 and my nickname is “Fogna”.
  • "I like all surfaces. Best shots are forehand and backhand.
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  • "I have posed naked. It was for the August issue of British Cosmopolitan in 2014 to raise awareness of male cancer for Cancer Research UK."
  • "I can speak Italian, English, Spanish and French."
  • "I am a great fan of Inter Milan and Genoa."
  • "I don't know how many rackets I have smashed. I have to say not a lot, but probably a few."
  • "My father, Fulvio , collects my rackets, the Babolat ones."
  • "My first racket ever was Wilson when I was very young, then I changed to HEAD and I have played with Babolat for a long time. I probably still have my first racket at home, I’m not sure though. "
  • "Together with my wife, Flavia Pennetta, we climb to the top of Christ the Redeemer. I’m a little bit scared of heights, but this is something amazing and unique. Not many people get to have the opportunity to do this. I’m very thankful and happy."
  • "Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city, one of the best in the world."
  • "Great big brother. I`m very close to my family, especially my sister, Fulvia Fognini."
  • "I hold the record for most Foot Faults in a victory. As if the Fourth Round match against Montanes at the French Open 2011 wasn’t mind-boggling enough, it is also in the history books due to me committing twelve foot faults and still managing to win the match!"
  • "My coach is José Perlas. He also used to coach such greats as Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Albert Montanes. Most recently he worked with Nicolas Almagro, bringing out the best tennis in the Spaniard. We joined forces in December 2011, and the partnership seems to be paying immediate dividends."
  • "In January 2015 I won my first Grand Slam title in doubles with countryman Simone Bolelli."
  • "I won my first two career titles consecutively in 2013 in Germany, on the clay of Stuttgart and Hamburg. And then I added a third in Viña del Mar, Chile, in February, also on clay."
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  • "I`m in love with Italian food and Italian women."
  • "My petulant behavior on court has drawn criticism in Italy and elsewhere."
  • "Monica Puig, a player on the women’s tour, once said: 'He looks really funny, like somebody from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ or something'."
  • In 2014 I finished in the World’s Top 20 for the second and had taken notable scalps including a win over Andy Murray in Davis Cup.
  • "My favorite surface is red clay, on which I won three ATP singles titles in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Viña del Mar, reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 French Open and the semifinals of the 2013 Monte-Carlo Masters."
  • "My signature shot is off forehand, which I use to great effect."
  • "I was always rated as a player with nice potential but my main weaknesses were inconsistency and a hot head."
  • "The most painful moment was when I get injured with the right wrist, I have to stop for six months. And left one – three months. And also at the end of the year 2008 I had surgery on my left knee. So this is painful."
  • "Reporters always say that I can play very well and compete with the best players on my good day but can also hit plenty of easy unforced errors and show no interest on tennis court."
  • "My favorite meal is Spaghetti with the pomadero."
  • "I`m the first all Italian men's pair to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. Together with Simone Bolelli, I won the 2015 Australian Open doubles event."
  • "I endorse Adidas apparel and shoes and wear the adizero III shoes and the adizero clothing line.
  • "I also enjoy motorbike racing and a great fan of Valentino Rossi."
  • "Inside of the court, sometimes you see me lose my mind. Outside, when I’m with friends and I’m really relaxed, I’m really lazy most of the time. Double personality."
  • "I was fined $27,500 for my behavior during a first-round match that I won at Wimbledon."

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