Fabio Fognini slammed Wimbledon’s traditions after crashing out at SW19, claiming the All England Club banned him from show courts because of his fiery temper.
The unrepentant Italian refused to curb his hot-headed approach in the wake of his five-set defeat to 20th seed Kevin Anderson yesterday.
The 16th seed questioned Wimbledon bosses’ decision to schedule his clash with South African Anderson on Court No 17, suggesting his first-round fine for threatening officials was to blame.
Fognini was fined $27,500 for abusing official Wayne McEwen in his first-round victory over American Alex Kuznetsov.
“I think so, yeah, but it doesn’t matter,” said Fognini when asked if his third-round match should have been on a bigger court.
“They make the schedule and it doesn’t matter.
“It’s strange because in the first round against a qualifier I play on Court No 18 – (yesterday) I am (seeded) 16 and he is 20 and we play on Court 17. But I don’t really care.
“It can be difficult to play on these courts. I would want to play on a better court, for sure.
“It’s not my fault. The organisation makes the decision and that’s it.
“I don’t know if a bigger crowd would have helped me.
“On a better court of course you can have challenges and review points, when you don’t agree with the decision or the chair. But we play on 17, and that’s it.”
Admitting he cannot change his hot-blooded style, he said: “I will always be the same – sorry guys.”
Rangy South African Anderson saw off Fognini 4-6 6-4 2-6 6-2 6-1.
Big-serving Anderson admitted Fognini’s temper could have been to blame for their clash’s lowly scheduling.
“You’re not sure what you’re going to get,” he said of facing Fognini.