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Fabio Fognini Speaks Out After Saying Wimbledon Should Be Bombed

The Italian could face a fine at The All England Club after making some controversial comments during his match on Saturday.

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WIMBLEDON: Fabio Fognini has been slammed after being overheard saying that he wished a bomb would explode at the Wimbledon Championships.

The 12th seed was in a foul mood during his 6-3, 7-6912), 6-3, loss to America’s Tennys Sandgren. Complaining about being placed on Court 14. After dropping the first set, the angry Italian erupted once again. This time saying that a bomb should be dropped onto the grand slam before taking aim at the ‘damn English.’

‘It’s fair to play here? Damn English, really. Damned, really.” Fognini moaned in Italian.
“‘Wish a bomb would explode on this club. ‘A bomb should explode here.’


Following his match, the 32-year-old tried to play down the comments when questioned by media. Sidestepping a few questions, Fognini apologized before saying he needs to focus on the rest of the year.

“Most of the time when you’re on the court, you’re frustrated.” He said. “For sure I was not happy about my performance today because I was knowing I have a lot to win in this case, because I think I had a good chance to win.”
“Something happen on the court, if I feel sorry for somebody, I have to say sorry. Now I have to be focused on the second half of the season.”

It isn’t the first time Fognini has been in hot water at a grand slam. During the 2017 US Open, he was fined $96,000 for verbally abusing a match umpire. Calling them a ‘whore’ and ‘cocksucker.’ Something the grand slam board described as ‘extremely derogatory and misogynistic language.’

Fognini is still serving a two-year suspended sentence concerning his US Open behavior and could still be banned if he breaks any more rules. When asked if his bomb comment counted as a ‘major offense,’ he declined to say anymore. Apologizing if he has offended anybody.

During the match, Fognini also had to have a medical time out after causing his hand to bleed by punching a tennis racket. When asked how it was afterward, he replied ‘pain.’

An investigation could be launched and there is a chance that Fognini will receive a fine by the tournament.

Full interaction with the press

Q. Were you unhappy about being put on Court 14? Do you think it should have been a bigger court?
FABIO FOGNINI: That’s the schedule. Schedule like that. Nothing to say.

Q. You were caught saying in Italian, Damn English, I wish a bomb would explode on this club. It was clear you were angry about what happened?
FABIO FOGNINI: Yeah, the court was not really good. You know, you play sport?

Q. Not as well as you.
FABIO FOGNINI: Well, most of the time when you’re on court, you’re frustrated. For sure I was not happy about my performance today because I was knowing I have a lot to win in this case, because was I think I have a good chance to win.

Something happen on court, if I feel sorry for somebody, I have to say sorry. Now I have to be focused on the second half of the season.

Q. You’re currently serving a two-year suspended sentence, and if you commit a major offense…
FABIO FOGNINI: I just say to your colleague. Next question.

Q. Are you sorry you said that?
FABIO FOGNINI: I say sorry. If somebody feel offensive, I say sorry. No problem.

Q. How is your hand?
FABIO FOGNINI: I have pain now.

Q. Is there anything else you don’t like about Wimbledon? Because it’s quite a strong thing to say about a bomb.
FABIO FOGNINI: Nothing else. I just say everything to him.

Q. Do you know what constitutes a major offense?
FABIO FOGNINI: I just answered before.

Q. I’m just saying…
FABIO FOGNINI: Next question, please.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up blockbuster third round match against Matteo Berrettini in Rome

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 to advance to third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Tsitsipas has improved his win-loss record to 28-7 this season, equalling Andrey Rublev for most match wins after Rublev beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 earlier today. 

Tsitsipas had to save two break points in the ninth game to hold serve after four deuces. The 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner earned his crucial break in the 12th game to win a hard-fought first set 7-5. 

Tsitsipas was in control of the match and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the second and eighth games. 

“Sometimes I need to adjust my game and Marin is someone I respect a lot. I knew he was going to come out here and play his best tennis. He made move a lot. It was quite tricky to adjust to that at the beginning, but towards the very end of the first set I stayed calm and stayed calm and resilient. I had to play deep on the returns and find solutions from the baseline rallies. That worked well for me from 6-5”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round match against last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini, who beat John Millman 6-4 6-2 in front of fans, who will return on Thursday. Tsitsipas enjoyed the atmosphere on the Pietrangeli Stadium. 

“The Pietrangeli Stadium is very beautiful. It’s one of the best courts on tour. I feel like the Pietrangeli here is great. We are surrounded by trees in the city and it’s very quiet which is very important for tennis. Honestly, I can’t wait for the fans to come and fill in the stadium”, said Tsitsipas. 

Berrettini missed three consecutive break points in the third game of the opening set and earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Rome-native star served out the first set at 15. Berrettini earned two consecutive breaks to race out to 4-0 lead. Millman saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game, but Berrettini never looked back in his next two service games to claim the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini has improved with his each appearance in the Rome tournament, reaching the second round in 2018, the third round in 2019 and the quarter final in 2020. 

Tsitsipas beat Berrettini in their only head-to-head match at the 2019 Australian Open. 

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Alexander Zverev eases past Hugo Dellien to set up a third round match clash against Kei Nishikori in Rome

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This year’s Madrid Mutua Open champion Alexander Zverev cruised past qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 on Nicola Pietrangeli Court to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Zverev fired 27 winners and fended off all six of the break points he faced. The German won five consecutive games from 0-1 down with a double break to race out to a 5-1 lead and served out the opening set at 15 in the eighth game. 

Zverev went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1, but he had to save six break points in a 12-game fourth game. Zverev managed to hold serve after seven deuces before breaking serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The German served out the win on on his second match point in the eighth game. 

The  German star will face Kei Nishikori for the second time in two weeks. He beat Nishikori, Dan Evans, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini last week at the Madrid Mutua Open en route to the fourth ATP Masters 1000 title of his career after claiming three previous trophies in Rome and Canada in 2017 and Madrid in 2018.  

Federico Delbonis didn’t face a break point and converted four of his nine break points in his 6-2 6-1 win over David Goffin. The Argentine player will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who cruised past last year’s Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-3. 

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Aslan Karatsev beats Danil Medvedev in all-Russian clash in Rome

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Aslan Karatsev beat his compatriot Danil Medvedev 6-2 6-4 after 1 hour and 18 minutes in an all-Russian match to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Karatsev has scored his fifth career win against top 10 opponents.

 

Karatsev has improved his win-loss record to 21-6 in his 27 matches this year, including the ATP 500 title in Dubai, the semifinal at the Australian Open and the final at the Serbian Open in Belgrade. 

Karatsev has scored his second top 5 win in the past month after taking an upset win over world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal in Belgrade. 

Karatsev earned a double break in the fifth and seventh games to open up a 5-2 lead. The 27-year-old Russian player earned another break in the seventh game with a volley to take a 4-3 lead. He never looked back and served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game. 

Karatsev won 90% of his first serve points and saved just one break point. 

Karatsev faced Medvedev for the first time in his career on the ATP Tour. They teamed up with Andrey Rublev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne last winter helping Russia win the final against Italy. 

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