Notorious hothead Fabio Fognini is at the centre of another heated tennis storm after he was involved in another snarling altercation on Wednesday morning.
Fognini’s argument with Slovenian Aljaz Bedene at the German Open in Hamburg headlines a wild week of tennis where tempers have been boiling over around the globe.
Bedene and Fognini had to be separated by a chair umpire following Fognini’s 6-3 3-6 7-6 win after they argued over an accusation where Bedene appeared to suggest Fognini was pointing at incorrect markings on the clay court when he had been discussing line rulings with chair umpire Aurelie Tourte.
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“Every time we play, you do something like this,” he was heard saying on the TennisTV broadcast.
Their argument next to the umpire’s chair extended for more than a minute before they walked back out onto the court to have a look at some of the line markings.
The controversial end spoiled Fognini’s big milestone of winnign 400 career matches on the ATP Tour.
He next plays Russian Karen Khachanov in the second round.
There was also high drama earlier at the ATP Tour event in Trieste, Italy, with veteran Ernests Gulbis giving his opponent a clip as they shook hands at the net.
Before progressing to the main draw, Gulbis won his final qualifying match on Monday and it ended in crazy circumstances.
The Latvian was reported to have told opponent Matteo Martineau: “I won and you lost. Learn to play tennis, man.
“Today, if I have to be honest, I played very badly and beat you anyway.”
Gulbis was earlier embroiled in a bizarre exchange with a chair umpire when he took issue with being handed a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Gulbis appeared to celebrate a moment in the second set with a loud scream in the direction of Martineau.
When handed a warning for his outburst, Gulbis argued he was simply saying ‘Come on’, but admitted he had looked in his opponent’s eyes as he did it.
He walked away from the exchange with the chair umpire saying: “is this a sport or some kind of aristocratic dinner?”.
Gulbis lost in the opening round of the main draw.