Italian Fabio Fognini is the sixth player confirmed for the Estoril Open, announced today the organization of the tournament that will take place at the Tennis Club of Estoril between April 27th and May 5th.
After the South African Kevin Anderson, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Australian Alex Di Minaur, Portuguese and title holder João Sousa and Frenchman Gael Monfils, Millennium Estoril Open confirmed today the participation of the 17th ranked of the world hierarchy, which will debut in the Portuguese ATP circuit tournament.
“I am very happy to play the new tournament at Estoril,” said Fognini in a message sent to the organization. “I hope to play at a good level and appreciate all that good the tournament and this beautiful area of Cascais have to offer.
The tournament’s director, João Zilhão, welcomed the presence of the one who considers to have “unique technical characteristics” and to be one of the “most charismatic players of the circuit”.
“It will be an absolute novelty for the public enthusiast of the Estoril Tennis Club and a guarantee of quality on clay, with seven of its eight titles to be won in the brick dust. But it is above all a different player that reinforces the diversity of the cast of the tournament: recently, the ATP Tour put on its Instagram page an image of Fabio Fognini alongside Gael Monfils with the question of which of the two would be the biggest ‘entertainer’. And they will be both at the Estoril Tennis Club “, remembered.
Fognini, 31, reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros in 2011 and added eight titles in 18 finals.
Last year he became the first Italian since 1977 to win three singles trophies in the same season in the men’s professional circuit at the highest level: beat Chilean Nicolas Jarry in the final of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the decisive game of the Swedish tournament of Bastad and the Argentinean Juan Martín del Potro in the last meeting in Los Cabos, in Mexico.