Goran Ivanisevic: Fognini is one of my favorite players, he is emotionally similar to me

With the Croatia Open Umag to take place from July 15 to 24, the tournament has organised an exhibition event, which will represent players from past and present of the ATP and WTA Tour. Players such as Andre Agassi, Goran IvanisevicFabio Fognini, Flavia Pennetta and Donna Vekic are all to be present in a city full of character. 

The tournament will have as background a full entertainment program with the support of the succulent wine-gastronomic party. The tournament will be sponsored by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, and will host numerous other characters from the world of sport, the economic life and politics, and tens of thousands of tennis fans around the world. 

Ivanisevic excited for event

Ivanisevic who is taking part in the exhibition is said to be excited and eagerly awaiting to play the event and he even said light-heartedly, "I will take my 'revenge' on Agassi for the loss, 24 years ago (of the 1992 Wimbledon final)." The 44-year old then added, "it will be a pleasure to play alongside Donna Vekic." 

The 2001 Wimbledon champion is set to play the mixed doubles alongside WTA 19-year old Vekic, who will then face newly husband-wife team of Fabio Fognini and Flavia Pennetta. 

When speaking about the 29-year-old Italian, Ivanisevic said, "Fabio has always been one of my favourite players, he is emotionally similar to me. And Flavia got the biggest success at the end of her career liked it happened the same to me at the end of Wimbledon. We are similar in a lot of aspects and we will play a great tennis match, we will have fun. And the Umag event is ideal." 

Before the event in Umag on clay, Ivanisevic is expected to play in The Boodles Challenge at the end of June just before the start of Wimbledon.