Fabio Fognini shredded the usual Wimbledon proprieties with an extraordinary outburst yesterday, ranting in Italian: “I wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here.” Apparently unhappy that his third-round match against American Tennys Sandgren had been moved to the tiny Court 14, only capable of holding a few dozen spectators, the world No 10 muttered in his native language: “It’s fair to play here? Damn English. Damned, really.”
With his “bomb” remark, Fognini is at risk of incurring a substantial fine from the All England Club. It is fair to say that the 32-year-old has form for outrageous on-court comments: he already has a suspended ban for two major tournaments after calling female umpire Louise Engzell a “whore” during the 2017 US Open, with a warning that any further transgressions would be viewed seriously. On that occasion, he received a £70,000 fine but was given a two-year grace period to show that he could control his emotions.
There was little chance of that here, with Fognini at his most unhinged all afternoon. First he walked off the court, ostensibly for a bathroom break, but chose instead to mingle with fans. He then required medical treatment after drawing blood from his knuckles, the result of slamming his racket into the grass.
All this was eclipsed, though, by the events of a second-set stoppage. Waiting for the umpire to review a challenge on a line call, he juggled a ball with his feet and launched into a diatribe against Wimbledon itself, culminating in his suggestion that a bomb should go off…….read more
Source: The Telegraph