Fognini spouts off on Wimbledon getting bombed


To many players Wimbledon's manicured lawns are the finest grass courts in the world, but seemingly not to Fabio Fognini, who cursed the English and said he wished a bomb would explode at the All England Club on Saturday. "A bomb should explode here", he fumed in Italian.

A combination of his poor performance and being shoved on a less desirable court led to a sickening rant during his straight sets defeat to Tennys Sandgren.

"The court was not really good", the 32-year-old said.

"Most of the time when you're on court, you're frustrated".

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He added: "Something happened on court". Now I have to be focused on the second half of the season. If somebody feels offended, I will say sorry.

But the episode will be investigated to determine whether it rises to the level of a major offence, because he is still under a two-year probation stemming from when he insulted a female chair umpire at the 2017 U.S. Open and got kicked out of that tournament.

He was docked a then-record $27,500 of his prize money at Wimbledon in 2014 for a series of outbursts during a first-round victory. "No problem." Had he won, he would have gone on to face unseeded American Sam Querrey for a place in the quarter-finals.

The world No. 10 snubbed another journalist when pressed about his "bomb" comments and whether he had any other gripes with Wimbledon as the English component of Fognini's press conference consisted of him largely avoiding his controversial behaviour. "That definitely wasn't my intention", Fognini said in Italian.

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