How many arguments on social media criticizing Fabio Fognini‘s attitude have been made regarding their match versus Thanasi Kokkinakis? The Italian tennis star, who suffered a crushing loss in the Australian Open first round in 2023, did not play one of his greatest matches.
The Age journalist Marc McGowan coined the phrase “tanking” to characterize Fognini‘s demeanor on the court. “The match versus Kokkinakis appears to be of no interest to Fabio Fognini. Walking quite near the tanking line is Fognini.
I was also kind “The renowned journalist posted on his Twitter page. a viewpoint that is popular on social media. One fan tweeted, “Kokkinakis performance was fantastic but Fognini seemed completely indifferent.”
In addition: “Fognini exhibits no apparent interest. I live-watched the game, and it was obvious to me that Fognini didn’t give it his all. In his prime, he should be fined heavily for tanking.” “A horrible advertising for men’s tennis,” one fan later tweeted.
Fognini‘s hand was damaged.
However, Fognini‘s poor performance had a significant physical component that was the root cause.
The blue’s right hand was bleeding and clearly fascist. Later, Fognini acknowledged to the Eurosport microphones that he had blamed the typical foot issue and stated that he would go through some instrumental testing when he returned to Italy.
“I’ve always had foot issues, and I want to get them all fixed as quickly as possible. I knew I wasn’t feeling well, but I still wanted to play. I’ll make every effort to handle the double.” The tennis player from Italy should frequently compete in doubles with Simone Bolelli.
The two will play Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul in the opening round of the Australian Open. They are seeded ninth overall.