Tennis
Australian Open

Opelka launches foul-mouthed umpire rant, as opponent Fognini gets injury from racket punch

Share this with
Copy
Share this article

Fabio Fognini showed off the extent of his injuries after punching his racket during his remarkable first-round comeback at the Australian Open

Image credit: Getty Images

ByMichael Hincks
21/01/2020 at 06:27 | Updated 21/01/2020 at 08:37
@MichaelHincks

Fabio Fognini showed off the extent of his injuries after punching his racket during his remarkable first-round comeback at the Australian Open - while opponent Reilly Opelka launched into an expletive-laden rant at the chair umpire.

The Italian went two sets down to American Opelka, and vented his frustration when smashing his racket on the ground.

  • Watch all courts and all matches of the Australian Open live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player
  • Australian Open order of play
  • Australian Open LIVE - all the latest updates
Davis Cup Singles

Fognini describes 'strange feeling' of playing in empty stadium as Italy lead

07/03/2020 AT 00:24

A separate incident saw Fognini punch his racket towards the ground before he dropped the second set.

Furious Fognini punches racket

00:01:11

Fognini’s antics prompted a furious response from Opelka, who called umpire Carlos Bernardes “pathetic” for not punishing his opponent. When Bernardes gave Opelka a time violation, he then launched into an aggressive and unsavoury rant.

"Let me ask you something, real quick," said Opelka. "How many f***** times. You're pathetic. You give me one warning after one throw. He's thrown his s*** four times, bro.”

'How many f****** times... you're pathetic' - watch Opelka's shocking rant at umpire

00:00:46

Fognini was given a code violation for throwing his racket.

Fognini managed to turn around the match and complete a stunning 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3 7-6(5) victory, but at some cost.

The 32-year-old said he was struggling to bend his right index finger on his right hand due to the injury sustained from punching his racket.

Fognini hand

Image credit: Eurosport

He faces Jordan Thompson or Alexander Bublik in the next round on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Opelka reflected on his own outburst, admitting to AFP that it did not help his cause.

Opelka told AFP: "No, not at all. It hurts me.

"It's a negative emotion, especially against a guy like him. You want to keep him out of the match as much as possible.”

Davis Cup Singles

Davis Cup Finals turning into the late, late show with 4am finish

21/11/2019 AT 08:43
Shanghai Masters

Murray and Fognini's furious row 'continued in locker room' - report

10/10/2019 AT 11:24
Related Topics
TennisAustralian OpenFabio FogniniReilly Opelka
Share this with
Copy
Share this article