‘I can’t wait to be playing again,’ says Fabio Fognini as he undergoes surgery on both ankles

Fabio Fognini at Miami Open

World No 11 Fabio Fognini has undergone surgery on both his ankles, saying it was the “right thing to do while the Tour is on an enforced break”.

The Italian has been plagued by a long-standing left-ankle problem for nearly four years while his right ankle also started to act up over the past two years.

With no tennis until at least the beginning of August, the 33-year-old decided it was a good time to have arthroscopic surgery.

“I’ve been having a problem with my left ankle for three and a half years now and it’s an issue I’ve learnt to cope with,” he wrote on social media.

“Then my right ankle started playing up in the last two years as well.

“After a medical examination and a long discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles. I believe it’s the right thing to do while the Tour is on an enforced break. I will undergo surgery in Italy. I can’t wait to be playing again.”

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