The Italian Davis Cup team may have fallen victim to a late injury scare, as world No. 14 Fabio Fognini may potentially have to withdraw from the quarter-final tie next week against Great Britain.
The top ranked Italian, who was clearly limping in his fourth round meeting with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in Miami, is returning home, where he will undergo and MRI scan to determine the damage to his left quad muscle.
“This was my injury at the beginning of the year,’Fognini said. ‘I’m going to have the MRI when I go home. If I can get ready for the Davis Cup I will. I’ve been getting worse day by day. Yesterday I played a long match, it lasted two hours, there has been some pain.”
Fognini was scheduled to play two singles rubbers and a doubles rubber as well, meaning his absence from the team would be a significant blow to the Italian team, who will need to rely on world No. 33 Andreas Seppi and No. 96 Paolo Lorenzi. Great Britain is in the quarter-final round of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1986, and will now have an even stronger chance to further their dream run.
The Italy-Great Britain tie is scheduled to take place between April 4-6 in Naples, Italy.