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During Italy's Olympic Loss In Tokyo, An Italian Tennis Player Yelled A Homophobic Slur At Himself.
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During Italy's Olympic Loss In Tokyo, An Italian Tennis Player Yelled A Homophobic Slur At Himself.


TOKYO (AP) — Fabio Fognini, an Italian tennis player, has apologized for yelling at himself with a homophobic slur during a loss in the Olympic tennis tournament.

During his three-set loss to Russian player Daniil Medvedev in the third round on Wednesday, Fognini used the offensive Italian word several times.

Fognini wrote on Instagram early Thursday that the extreme heat "affected his head" and that he "used a really stupid expression toward myself."

“Obviously, I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings,” Fognini explained, adding, "I love the LGBT community and I apologize for the nonsense that I let out."

The Instagram story had a rainbow background.

During the match, Medvedev nearly passed out due to the heat, and Fognini also struggled with it.

During the loss, Fognini repeatedly slammed his racket, including after the final point, when he picked it up and tossed it into a courtside trash can.

Fognini was kicked out of the US Open doubles tournament in 2017 after vulgarly insulting the chair umpire during his first-round loss in singles, and he was then given a two-year suspension from Grand Slam tournaments.

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