Fabio Fognini has exited COVID-19 quarantine in Sardegna and ended his season in order to focus on a strong comeback in Australia, 2021.
The 33-year-old Italian will not play next week in the final ATP regular season tournament in Sofia, but will instead concentrate on preparing for the next campaign from January.
Should he travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open, it’s all but certain that another quarantine awaits as Open officials battle with government for players to be allowed onto the locked-down island-continent.
At the moment, most state boundaries are shut down, casting serious doubts on staging the multi-city ATP Cup immediately prior to the Open start at mid-month.
After playing just five matches since the tennis lockdown ended in August – due mainly to recovery from surgery on both ankles – the No. 16 is happy to call it a season.
Fognini tested positive during last month’s new Sardegna ATP event and had to serve his isolation period on the island along with his parents and sister who were with him at the event.