Fabio Fognini tests positive for Covid-19 in Sardinia, report claims ‘over 20 players tested positive’

Fabio Fognini wiping his face

Top seed Fabio Fognini was withdrawn from his hometown event, the Sardinia Open, on Wednesday after testing positive for Covid-19 along with a report claiming several other players have also tested positive.

The Italian Tennis Federation confirmed on Wednesday that the world No 16 was placed in isolation while everyone who was in contact with him will need to be tested.

“All the people with whom Fognini was in direct contact were placed in preventive isolation and subjected to new swabs,” the statement said.

Fognini, who played doubles with his fellow Italian Lorenzo Musetti on Tuesday, also made an announcement on social media.

“Guys, I have to tell you that this morning I tested positive for Covid-19,” the 33-year-old said on his Instagram Story. “The symptoms are very mild, a little cough and fever, headache … but unfortunately this bad news has arrived.

“I’m already in isolation and I’m convinced that I will recover very soon. I hug you all.”

Meanwhile, tennis journalist Craig Shapiro revealed on Twitter that Fognini was one of “over 20 players” who tested positive for Covid 19 at the ATP 250 event.

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