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Tokyo Olympics: Fabio Fognini apologizes for using homophobic slurs in men’s singles loss |  Tennis News


Fabio Fognini repeatedly used an offensive Italian word in the three-set loss to Daniil Medvedev in the third round of the Olympic Games on Wednesday; in an Instagram story on Thursday, Fognini said the Tokyo heat caused him to use a “really stupid expression”

Last updated: 07/29/21 6:57 AM

Fabio Fognini also slammed his racket several times in the loss to Daniil Medvedev

Italy’s Fabio Fognini has apologized for using a homophobic slur during a loss at the Olympic tennis tournament in men’s singles.

Fognini used the Italian word offensive on several occasions during the straight-set loss to Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev in the third round on Wednesday.

The world number 31 wrote in an Instagram story on Thursday that the hot conditions in Tokyo “affected his head” and that he “used a really stupid expression on myself.”

“Obviously, I didn’t mean to offend anyone,” Fognini added. “I love the LGBT community and I apologize for the nonsense I let out.”

Instagram’s story was written on a rainbow background.

Medvedev nearly passed out during the match, asking the chair umpire who would take responsibility if he died, and Fognini struggled with the heat as well.

Fognini slammed his racket several times during the loss, including after the last point, after which he left it in a trash can on the court side.

The 34-year-old was excluded from the doubles tournament at the US Open in 2017 for obscene remarks to the chair umpire during his first round loss in singles.

He was then given a suspended suspension of two Grand Slam tournaments.

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