Fabio Fognini’s rise up the rankings has come with more exposure for the fashionable Italian star. And with that exposure the tennis world gets a better look at what Fognini really is or at times can be: a stark raving lunatic.
Today in a 3-set loss to Alexandr Dolgopolov, the 26-year-old Fognini went nutty again by taking exception to a line call mark made by chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, down 1-2, 30-30 in the final set. Fabio didn’t win the point (a forehand passing winner he felt) and eventually lost the game to go down a break.
According to Sky Sports, Fognini threatened Lahyani saying, “If I lose this match, you’re in big trouble.” He did go on to lose and then after the match he told Lahyani to “come down, I want to see you now. Don’t be scared.”
Did he want to fight or did he just want to talk?
Lahyani concluded there was space between the line and mark. And we’ve concluded there’s even more space in Fabio’s head.
In the video, Sky Sports commentator Barry Cowan called for Fognini to be suspended from playing in his home event in Rome next week. Regardless, a fine from the ATP is surely coming.
Here’s the video:
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