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Wimbledon | Fognini bomb blast now faces lengthy ban

Wimbledon | Fognini bomb blast now faces lengthy ban

Italian hot-head Fabio Fognini is facing the prospect of being banned from the US and Australian Opens after claiming he wished a bomb would drop on Wimbledon.

For sure I was not happy about my performance today Fabio Fognini

Fognini, booted out of Flushing Meadows two years ago after calling a female umpire a ‘whore and a c***sucker’, was caught making his latest remarks during Saturday’s 6-3 7-6(12) 6-3 third round loss to Tennys Sandgren.

Upset about playing his match on Court 14, Fognini who also cut three of his knuckles after punching the strings on his racket, said during the match in Italian: “Is it fair to play here?

“Damned English, damned really. Wish a bomb would explode on this club – a bomb should explode here.”

At Wimbledon two years ago, Australian Bernard Tomic was fined $US15,000 for claiming he was ‘a little bit bored’ during his first-round defeat to Mischa Zverev.

So, already on probation, Fognini is almost certain to face a more serious sanction for his attack on the All England Club.

The 32-year-old offered up a half-hearted apology after the match but refused to comment on the possibility of punishment.

“Most of the time when you’re on the court, you’re frustrated,” Fognini said. “For sure I was not happy about my performance today.

“Something happen on the court, if I feel sorry for somebody, I have to say sorry.”

Following his US Open outburst in September 2017, the World No 10 was handed a $US96,000 fine by the Grand Slam Board, half of which was suspended for two years, in addition to a two-slam ban.

That punishment would be enforced if the Board deem his latest outburst to a major offence.


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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


  1. Libby Foskett

    He’s a complete idiot and not a nice man.

  2. Terry Wint

    Fabio at next year’s Wimbledon be like…

  3. Mauline Akins

    So he should be, a completely unacceptable remark in these days of terrorism fears.

  4. Lyn Thexton

    What is wrong with these young men?


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