During his three-set loss against Daniil Medvedev in the third round of the Olympic Games on Wednesday, Fabio Fognini frequently used an ugly Italian phrase; in an Instagram storey on Thursday, Fognini started the heat in Tokyo forced him to utter a “very foolish expression.”
Fabio Fognini, an Italian tennis player, has apologised for using a homophobic slur during a loss in the Olympic men’s singles event.
During his three-set loss to Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev in the third round on Wednesday, Fognini used the derogatory Italian phrase repeatedly.
Early on Thursday, world No 31 wrote on Instagram that the hot weather in Tokyo had “affected his head” and that he “made a really foolish expression against himself.”
Fognini continued, “Obviously, I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” “I adore the LGBT community, and I’m sorry for the trash I let out.”
On a rainbow background, the Instagram storey was written.
Medvedev came close to passing out during the match and asked the chair umpire who would be responsible if he died, while Fognini struggled with the heat.
Fognini pounded his racket several times during the loss, including after the final point, before discarding it in a courtside trash can.
The 34-year-old was kicked out of the US Open doubles tournament in 2017 after making obscene statements to the chair umpire following his first-round singles loss.
He was then given a two-year suspension from Grand Slam competitions.
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