Fabio Fognini has been around as a professional tennis player for a long time. However, it is fair to say the Italian is something of an underachiever on the ATP tour given his experience.
He turned pro in 2004 and at the age of 34 is still going strong on the ATP Tour circuit. However, a total of 14 career titles – 9 in singles and 5 in doubles – isn’t the best of returns for a player of his ability.
Fognini’s style of play revolves mostly around playing strongly on the baseline. He prefers a forehand shot but his backhand down the line can often be used as a winner. His serve isn’t great but it is consistent and not necessarily a weak point.
What can be considered a weak point is his temperament, which on more than one occasion has gotten him into trouble. That and his propensity for foot faults hold him back.
Nevertheless, he has always been a consistent threat on the tour; that is something that has always been reflected in the ATP charts. His highest ranking was 9 in 2019 and he currently sits comfortably in the top 50.
As such, given how long he’s been around, there’s always been a degree of interest in the personal life of Fognini. This, of course, includes the kind of equipment he uses to play the sport.
And here we are going to analyse arguably the most important tool a tennis player will use on the court – a racquet.
Fabio Fognini uses the Babolat Pure Drive. It is one of the most popular racquets used on the tour by many players. But it is worth noting that he isn’t using one of the newest racquets they’ve produced.
From the paintjob it may appear that he is using the lastest version of the product, he is actually using the old frame from 1997.
This is actually quite common among most tennis players; after all, they use the same frame from their teen years into their pro life due to comfort.
|Racquet name||Babolat Pure Drive Original (1997)|
|Head size||100 square inch|
|Lead or silicone||Both|
|String pattern||16 x 19|
|Balance||Close to even|
|Grip||Babolat Syntec replacement grip and overgrip|