World number sixteen, Fabio Fognini has contacted coronavirus ahead of his first match at the Sardegna Open.


Recall that the Italian number two played his first round in the men doubles pairing his compatriot, Lorenzo Mussetti. But he is now positive for the virus after he stood in for Diego Schwartman, who withdrew from the ATP event in Italy.


The 2011 French Open quarter-finalist gave an update on his recent status of his health.
Guys, I have to tell you that this morning I tested positive for Covid-19. The symptoms are very mild, some cough and fever, headache … but unfortunately, this bad news has arrived. I am already in solitary confinement and I am convinced that I will recover very soon. I embrace you all” Fognini said on his Instagram handle.


Meanwhile, before the news was confirmed, a italian website, Republica forecasted that the 33 year-old player, who was once in a time ranked best tennis player was tested positive for the virus.


Fabio Fognini tested positive at Covid-19 and will not be able to take to court against the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round of the Sardegna Open,” the site read.

The local organising of tournament later released an official statement confirming that Fognini has been withdrawn to due to testing positive for the global epidemic

Following the return of positive COVID-19 test result on 14 October 2020, Fabio Fognini has been withdrawn from the Forte Village Sardegna Open,” the statement read.


Mr Fognini has been moved into isolation. The Tournament Physician and ATP Medical Team will continue to monitor his condition. A contract tracing process is currently underway to identify and notify any individuals who have come in close contact with him.” the statement ended.


Fognini is the tenth player to be tested positive for the global virus, after France’ Benoit Paire, Novak Djokovic among other, who were earlier positive for the varius.