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Fognini given £2,400 fine for saying ‘I wish a bomb would explode on this club’

Fabio Fognini has been handed a fine of £2,400 (3,000 US dollars) after saying Wimbledon should be bombed.

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The volatile Italian made the outburst in his native tongue during his third-round loss to Tennys Sandgren on Saturday.

Unhappy at having been scheduled on the small Court 14, Fognini said: ‘Damn English. I wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here.’

He later apologised, saying: ‘If somebody feels offended, I say sorry. No problem.’

Fognini was under the threat of a suspension covering two Slam tournaments if he committed another major offence after being heavily sanctioned at the US Open two years ago for misogynistic and abusive remarks towards a female umpire.

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis had played down the incident at a press briefing on Monday morning, saying: ‘It’s in the heat of the moment. It’s an unfortunate comment but we readily accept the apology.’

The fine Fognini has been given is at the more lenient end of the punishments scale, meaning there is no danger of him having to serve a ban.

Serena Williams, meanwhile, has been handed a fine of £8,000 ($10,000) for damaging one of the match courts with her racket during a practice session ahead of the tournament.

 

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