Fonini, 33, a former №9 in world tennis, himself announced the news on his Twitter account. In his first post, he announced that he would undergo surgery, and in the second he shared a photo of himself from the hospital room.
The Roland Garros quarterfinalist in 2011 admits that he has had left ankle problems for 3.5 years, which he has learned to deal with. In the last two years, however, pain in the right ankle has also appeared.
Fonini, who is married to former tennis player Flavia Penetta, expressed hope that during the break due to the coronavirus pandemic he will be able to recover and return to the court.
Fabio Fonini has six matches in the ATP tournaments against Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian has four victories in his assets, and the Italian has recorded two successes. The last time the two played against each other in the semifinals in Stockholm, when Grisho won 6: 3, 7: 6 (2).