As Italian media reports, Fabio Fognini has trouble with the anti-doping authority WADA. In the worst case, the former world No. 9 faces a suspension that could also affect a start at Wimbledon.
Fabio Fognini was just in the process of making headlines with enthusiastic performances at the Masters tournament in Rome and in Roland Garros. Now there are new headlines in connection with the 36-year-old tennis eccentric that could even affect the end of his career.
Flavia Pennetta’s husband is said to have been absent from his home address for an unannounced doping test for the second time in a short space of time. Professional athletes have to be available for such a rehearsal a total of ten times. If you fail to appear for the third time, the sample is considered positive.
Alleged absence due to the Champions League final
As a reason for the absence, several different media had identified the final of the Champions League, which was said to be taking place on the date, in which Inter Milan was the favorite club of the world number 122. was involved and that is why he is said to have traveled to Istanbul.
The former Masters winner from Monte Carlo denied with a post on Instagram. The incident with WADA was on May 9th. been, so a good month before said final in the football premier class. Fognini was already on his way to the ATP tournament in Rome at the time and would have wanted to store his current whereabouts in the WADA portal.
Due to a technical problem, this was not possible, so the Italian Davis Cup player took a screenshot of it, which he was able to submit to WADA. Nevertheless, the anti-doping officials continued the procedure, with the result that the doping test was failed.
So it remains to be seen whether and in what form this incident will have consequences for Fognini.