'He is a clown': Italian firebrand docked point for 'unsportsmanlike' antics

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Unseeded American Tennys Sandgren is through to the last eight in Melbourne for the second time in three years after eliminating Italian world No.12 Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4.

But the match wasn’t without its spice, after Fognini sent Sandgren into a rage after some gamesmanship.

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Fognini had lost the first set and spent the break arguing with the chair umpire over a time violation.

He then took a bathroom break and went over the allocated time.

Italy's Fabio Fognini speaks with the umpire during his men's singles match against Tennys Sandgren. (Getty Images)

“He doesn’t just get no rules because he’s Fabio. Or does he?” Shis opponent Sandgren asked the umpire.

“He gets his own rule because you’re afraid to step on his toes.”

But the drama hadn’t even started.

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The Italian then lost the next two games so he tried to take a break when it wasn’t the change of ends.

For refusing to play the chair umpire docked Fognini a point.

He then took off his shirt and requested a medical time out for a blister on his hand.

His antics drew the ire of social media.

While Fognini recovered in the set, he eventually lost 7-5.

But in the third set, the pair had an argument over the net.

“I gave you everything. I gave you the blister, I gave you the warning, penalty point, so I can do nothing more,” the Italian said to his opponent.

Sandgren eventually won the match in four sets.

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