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Fabio Fognini will begin next season leading Italy at the inaugural ATP Cup.


Italian shares the news on social media

Fabio Fognini has created a partnership of Italian tennis royalty by bringing on Corrado Barazzutti as his new coach for the upcoming season. Fognini, Barazzutti, Matteo Berrettini and Adriano Panatta are the only four Italians to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings.

”I’m happy to introduce my new Team Fogna!” Fognini tweeted on Saturday. “I’m excited to be working with Corrado Barazzutti as my head coach and with Stefano Barsacchi,
trainer, Giovanni Teoli, physio, and Alberto Giraudo. I can’t wait to start the new season!”

Fognini achieved the best result of his career this April by winning his first ATP Masters 1000 crown at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (d. Lajovic). Two months later, the 32-year-old became the oldest player to break into the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since 38-year-old Ken Rosewall and 35-year-old Rod Laver on 23 August 1973, when the ATP Rankings were first established.

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The World No. 12 will kick off next year by representing Italy in the inaugural ATP Cup, held in Australia from 3-12 January. Fognini looks to help the Italian squad advance out of Group D in Perth.

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