Foul Fognini's Wimbledon bomb 'threat'

Is it fair to play here?

Fabio Fognini has been embroiled in controversy following a shocking on-court outburst at Wimbledon. "A bomb should explode here", he added.

One set down and battling to win the second, Fognini was caught by on-court microphones saying "Damn, English, really".

Tennis bad boy Fabio Fognini has risked being punished by Wimbledon organisers for wishing a "bomb" would explode at the All England Club after complaining about having to play on an outside court on Sunday morning (AEST). "A bomb should explode here", according to Sky News.

Following his 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 loss to Sandgren, the 32-year-old was quick to retract his earlier remarks, citing frustration as a reason for the outburst. "The court was not really good", he shrugged.

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Fognini has a history of on court tirades with the Italian defaulted from the 2017 US Open after a foul-mouthed rant to an umpire in his first round match. 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 thinking I have a good chance to win. Now I have to be focused on the second half of the season.

"If I offended anyone, I apologize", Fognini said in Italian.

But while that was just an angry man having a right go at an umpire in front of everybody, Fabio Fognini really pushed the boat out with his comments this year.

By beating Fognini, Sandgren made it through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time and will face fellow American Sam Querrey on Monday.

  • Lawrence Cooper