Tennis

Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini has surgery on both ankles

World No. 11 Fabio Fognini had surgery Saturday on both ankles to cure a long-standing problem. "I've been having a problem with my left ankle for three and a half years now. Then my right ankle started playing up in the last two years as well."

World No. 11 has time to heal with season on pause; Andy Murray eyeing return

Fabio Fognini of Italy had arthroscopic surgery on both ankles Saturday. "I believe it's the right thing to do while the Tour is on an enforced break," he says of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Francois Nel/Getty Images/File)

World No. 11 Fabio Fognini underwent surgery on both ankles on Saturday to cure a long-standing problem.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old Italian said he had hoped the two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic will have improved his situation.

"I've been having a problem with my left ankle for three and a half years now and it's an issue I've learnt to cope with," Fognini said. "Then my right ankle started playing up in the last two years as well.

"After a medical examination and a long discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles. I believe it's the right thing to do while the Tour is on an enforced break. I will have surgery today."

No professional tournaments have been played since the start of March because of the pandemic, and the ATP Tour has been suspended until at least the start of August.

Andy Murray eyes return at exhibition tournament in June

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray will return to tennis in late June at an exhibition tournament organized by his brother Jamie, the Lawn Tennis Association announced.

Murray, 33, has been sidelined since the Davis Cup Finals in November due to complications from a hip injury.

A three-time Grand Slam winner, Murray tentatively had been planning a return to the ATP Tour in March before the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down the majority of sports.

Now, Murray appears set to test his health in the London-based tournament that features fellow Brits Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund.

"We're excited to be hosting Jamie Murray's tournament 'Schroders Battle of the Brits' at the National Tennis Centre on June 23-28," the Lawn Tennis Association wrote on Twitter.

Murray won the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016. He also won Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

Overall, Murray has won 46 career singles titles, including nine in 2016 when he climbed to No. 1.

With files from Field Level Media

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