Fognini and Monfils are coming to St. Petersburg’s tournament
The list of participants for St. Petersburg Open 2017 now also includes two entertaining charismatic players who consistently attract public by their exciting tennis style: in September the courts of Sibur Arena will welcome Gael Monfils (France) and Fabio Fognini (Italy).
“We are glad to have both of these tennis players participating in our tournament”, St. Petersburg Open 2017 Director Natalia Kamelzon says, “Fabio Fognini is temperamental and always shows entertaining and unusual tennis, which the public loves. The Frenchman Monfils also has his unique style and is hard not to remember. The tennis fans love Gael for his artistic approach and his trademark acrobatic jumps. In addition, both of these renowned athletes have great technique and quite impressive careers.”
Former number 13 in singles and the owner of 8 ATP titles, Fabio Fognini won the doubles title at Australian Open in 2015 (with Bolelli). Fabio is among the few players who were able to defeat Nadal on clay more than once within the same season (in 2015 he was stronger than the Spaniard in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona). Russian fans remember Fognini well because of the St. Petersburg Open edition of 2012 where he got into the final and lost to Martin Klizan from Slovakia. Back then the Italian promised to come back to the Northern Capital to try and conquer the title. He has kept his promise: we are going to see him back to the city on the banks of Neva!
This season Fabio has become a semifinalist of a prestigious tournament in Miami and defeated the world number one Andy Murray at the Masters in Rome. According to Fabio, it was that tournament where he “won his most important title”: it was then that his wife, the US Open champion of 2015, Flavia Pennetta gave birth to his son Federico.
Former number 7 in the world Gael Monfils has won 6 singles titles. He conquered his last in Washington last year where it was a tough three set win for him over Ivo Karlovic from Croatia, who had a match ball during the encounter. Monfils has also had two singles semifinals in Grand Slams (French Open 2008 and US Open 2016), and has been in two Davis Cup finals with the French national team (2010, 2014). After defeating Dustin Brown (Germany) in the first round of Roland Garros 2017, Monfils gained his 400th career win and became one of just 6 Frenchmen who achieved this result.