Fabio Fognini
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It was an unfortunate week for Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini as he was forced to exit the Sardegna Open.

Top-seeded Fabio Fognini was forced to pull out of the ATP Sardegna Open on Wednesday after testing positive for coronavirus. “Guys, I have to tell you that this morning I tested positive for Covid-19,” the 33-year-old said on Instagram.

“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.”

Fognini, 33, had a first-round bye and was set to open in the second round against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena in the tournament played on clay on the Italian island of Sardinia. The world no.16 was replaced by Croatian Danilo Petrovic.

Fabio Fognini and doubles partner Lorenzo Musetti lost their last-16 tie to fellow Italians Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori on Tuesday, following a thrilling 15-13 third-set tiebreak in a match lasting more than two hours.

“All the people with whom Fognini was in direct contact were placed in preventive isolation and subjected to new swabs,” the Italian tennis federation said in a statement. Fognini, who won the Monte Carlo Masters last year, was out for six months this year following surgery to both ankles.

This comes as a huge blow for the Italian as he is looking to bring his career back on track.