Fabio Fognini could face grand slam ban over Wimbledon bomb comment

Italian Fabio Fognini apologised after being heard to say: "I wish a bomb would explode on this club" during his Wimbledon defeat by Tennys Sandgren. "Damned English, really. Damned, really", the 32-year-old fumed in Italian.

The facility was actually bombed by Germany during World War II, severely damaging the Centre Court roof.

Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini said he "wished a bomb would explode" at Wimbledon in an on-court outburst during his match on Saturday.

Leaning back in his chair in the post-match press conference, Fognini bemoaned the court and said he thought he "had a good chance to win". He said he was upset about not playing well and the condition of the court's grass. If somebody feel offended, I say sorry.

Fognini is now operating under a suspended ban after being hit with a $357,000 fine for calling Swedish chair umpire Louise Engzell a whore at the 2017 US Open. "Next question", Fognini said as he cut a reporter off who started to ask about his two-year suspended sentence.

During a three-set loss to 94th ranked player Tennys Sandgren, a visibly frustrated Fabio Fognini had to take a medical time-out for treatment to his bloodied knuckles on his right hand after punching his racket.

Fognini was fined nearly $40,000 at the All England Club in 2014 for a string of obscene outbursts.

Fognini was in no mood to talk about what his latest outburst could mean for his already poor disciplinary record.

"No problem." Had he won, he would have gone on to face unseeded American Sam Querrey for a place in the quarter-finals.

  • Angelo Rivera