The former US Open winner also revealed physical condition of her husband after the withdrawal at the Maia Open
Wife and husband in tennis, she is an intimate and mutual support. As Flavia Pennetta and Fabio Fognini have recently demonstrated. Flavia was the protagonist at the Aspria Charity Open charity tournament in Milan. During the event, the former US Open champion talked about her husband’s current condition, fresh from a good season finale between the ATP and Challenger circuits.
In an interview with LaPresse, the 41-year-old Italian talked about her husband’s recent withdrawal from the Maia Open: “He is very sorry, especially because he was playing well, unfortunately he had this calf problem and, analyzing the situation well, he preferred to stop in this tournament and not to get hurt anymore, otherwise he would have stayed out longer,” she underlined, reassuring fans about the Italian player’s condition.
Flavia also revealed the dream of his husband for 2024
Flavia Pennetta also made fans understand that the desire to play her 36-year-old husband is alive more than ever. In 2024, the Italian will try to return as a protagonist also in ATP tournaments of a certain prestige, starting with the Australian Open.
Fognini hopes to be able to directly enter the main draw of the Australian Slam. According to the former tennis player, there is a great goal in Fognini’s head for next year: “I think Fabio’s dream of returning to being part of the group in the Davis Cup is definitely a dream.” Fabio, after all, is ready to return to battle on the court. “Despite everything and everyone, I am proud of how I proved to myself that I overcame difficult moments with fight, sacrifice and love for this sport.
No one will be able to take away from me what I have done with loyalty, transparency, sacrifice but above all honesty, which in my vocabulary are worth much more than a simple tennis match, whether won or lost,” said the Italian tennis player former winner of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.
A 22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal is ready to compete again after missing almost the entire season due to an injury. Rafa will play at the Brisbane International in the first week of January, making a fresh start and understanding things could be different than before the injury.
After expecting the maximum from himself for two decades, Nadal is ready to accept the new circumstances and give himself enough time to find his A-game. Rafa is aware things could go wrong for him initially, and he is more than willing to accept that and work hard on his game if his body allows it.
The Spaniard hopes to reach the desired level in the near future and play competitive tennis, as always in the previous two decades. Nadal finished the 2022 season in the top-2 after winning two Major titles. However, he struggled with injuries since Wimbledon, losing form and not improving his game at the beginning of 2023.
Rafael Nadal is ready for a fresh start after missing an entire year.
Rafa made a winning start at the Australian Open before experiencing a severe hip injury against Mackenzie McDonald. The veteran revealed a Grade 2 iliopsoas and underwent arthroscopic surgery in June, missing the rest of the season.
Nadal enjoyed his first free summer in decades, traveling with his family and friends before returning to the practice court. Starting from the beginning, Rafa left the injury behind, raising the level of his training sessions and feeling more confident about his comeback.
After a couple of successful months of training, the Spaniard scheduled his long-awaited return to Brisbane, entering the ATP 250 event ahead of the Australian Open. Nadal is ranked outside the top-600 for the first time in two decades, putting himself in a position of potentially tough draws and challenging rivals right from the first round.
“I have internalized what I have had throughout my life, which is to demand from myself the maximum. Right now, I hope not to do that. Things will be difficult at the beginning, and I have to accept that. I have to give myself the necessary time and forgive myself if things go wrong initially, which is likely to happen.
However, things can change in the not-too-distant future, which should be the case if I keep the dream and the working spirit. If my body responds well, that will happen,” Rafael Nadal said.