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Fabio Fognini attacks Wimbledon and ATP: “They are charlatans”

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Fabio Fognini was immediately eliminated from the 2022 edition of Wimbledon after the first day of competition: the Italian was defeated in four sets by the talented Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor. After a rather convincing first set won by 7-5, Fognini gave way to the distance losing the remaining three partial with a score of 7-5 6-3 6-4.

The grass is not the surface on which the Italian made a difference in his career and he paid the price even in this circumstance. At the end of the match he did not spare himself to return to the ways in which the tournament is taking place, from the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players to the strong choice of the ATP not to assign points for the ranking, not forgetting the net increase in the prize pool.

of the organizers to ensure the presence of the best and not to make the competition lose value this year.

The outburst of Fognini

Fognini’s statements, several weeks before the start of the event, had definitely caused discussion: “I congratulated Andrea Gaudenzi for his choice.

You know that I don’t have a great feeling with the grass, therefore I could bring my family in Formentera.” The winner of the Monte Carlo Master 1000 in 2019 vented at the end of the lost match in London: “They were all charlatans and we all came here like fools, when we should have boycotted the tournament.

And then the ATP took over. a wrong decision, that of removing the points. And he did it, moreover, without informing us. In short, we came here for an event that does not count.” Now a little break from the tennis courts for Fabio Fognini, to be able to catch his breath and recharge his batteries, before the next appointments on the court.

Wimbledon 2022 ended up in the eye of the storm for several reasons. The decision of the tournament board to ban all Russian and Belarusian tennis players, as well as the increase in prize money. ATP, to show its disappointment towards Wimbledon, has decided that no points will be awarded for this edition, effectively penalizing all those who achieved an important result on the London lawns last year.

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