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Fognini undergoes surgery on ankles

By AAP Newswire

World No.11 Fabio Fognini has undergone arthroscopic surgery on both ankles.

The 2011 French Open quarter-finalist, who reached a career-high No. 9 in the ATP rankings last year, posted two messages on Twitter.

The first announced he would have the operations and the second included a photo of him in a hospital bed.

Fognini said he had trouble with his left ankle for three years and learned to "cope with" it. Then he developed a problem with his right ankle over the past two years.

He wrote he "hoped the various issues would go away" during a two-month break from competition while the tennis tours were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the issues "were still there" when the Italian resumed practising.

Fognini is married to 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta.