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Wimbledon Fines Draw Claims of 'Privilege'

Fabio Fognini given slap on the wrist for saying club should be bombed
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2019 9:30 AM CDT
Italy's Fabio Fognini hits his racket in frustration after losing a point to Hungary's Marton Fucsovics in a men's singles match at Wimbledon on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – "I wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here," Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini announced during his third-round loss at Wimbledon on Saturday, per Yahoo. The 10th-ranked player, apparently upset about the condition of the grass court, was subsequently fined nearly $3,000—a good deal less than the amount Serena Williams was fined for causing damage to a court. The All England Club, intensely protective of its grass turf, demanded $10,000 from Williams, who damaged a court with a racket during a pre-tournament practice. "Privilege is nice," commented journalist Ben Rothenberg, who noted Fognini was "still on probation" for misogynistic comments made to a female umpire at the 2017 US Open.

The New York Post points out several bombs actually did hit the All England Club during World War II. Fognini afterward apologized for his comment in Italian. "If somebody feels offended, I say sorry. No problem," he said, per Yahoo. "It's in the heat of the moment. It's an unfortunate comment, but we readily accept the apology," Wimbledon Chief Executive Richard Lewis responded Monday, with fans wondering why the same logic wasn't applied to Williams. Australia's Bernard Tomic, meanwhile, was slapped with a larger $56,000 fine for not meeting "required professional standards" during his 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga—the shortest men's Wimbledon match in 15 years at 58 minutes. He's appealing the decision on the claim that he was sick, Reuters reports. (Read more Wimbledon stories.)

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