Tennis star Fabio Fognini got more than he bargained for when he tried to sledge Canadian rival Milos Raonic on Instagram, copping a brutal serve from the world No.30’s model girlfriend in return.
A recent picture of Raonic, posted online by Argentinian player Diego Schwartzman, caused a stir when many fans began to speculate about the Canadian’s supposed weight gain during the coronavirus pandemic-induced sporting shutdown.
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The response ultimately led Schwartzman to disable comments on the post, but not before the Italian world No.12 suggested Raonic had ‘eaten an elephant’.
Not about to take a slight against her partner lying down, Raonic’s girlfriend Camille Ringoir dived into the records to find out the result of the last match Raonic and Fognini had played.
That match, a decidedly one-sided 6-1, 6-0 affair in Raonic’s favour from Cincinnati in 2014, was thrown back in Fognini’s face in hilarious fashion.
“Just a bread stick and a bagel,” Rangoir posted alongside a screenshot of the score from that game, an icy reminder of the pair’s history.
The ongoing pandemic has cast uncertainty over when the two rivals might face off for the first time in six years - and whether or not Fognini will be able to back up his talk online should he face Raonic again.
Big names withdraw from US Open
Rafael Nadal shocked the tennis world after withdrawing from the US Open due to health concerns and in the wake of the decision the 19-time Grand Slam champ has defended Novak Djokovic after the ill-fated Adria Tour.
Nadal skipping the US Open, along with Roger Federer’s absence due to a knee injury, sent fans wild after the incredible stat it would be the first time since 1999 neither of the pair would be in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
But following Nadal’s announcement he broke his silence on the controversial exhibition event Novak Djokovic hosted, which resulted in the World No.1, Dimitrov, Coric and Viktor Troicki all testing positive for the coronavirus, as did the wives of Djokovic and Troicki following the event.
While players such as Nick Kyrgios chose to condemn Djokovic and some of the other players for their actions during the event, Nadal has admitted mistakes were made but it is normal during unprecedented circumstances.
"Of course there was a mistake in the tour organised in Serbia and Croatia but mistakes are normal when you face a situation you haven't faced before,” Nadal said in a media conference.
"The players need to make decisions but I am not saying mine is the right one. Every decision can be right or wrong. We are facing unpredictable situations.
"I really hope people learn from the Adria Tour and we continue in the best way possible."