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Fognini apologises for ethnic slur

Rome – Italy's Fabio Fognini has apologised for using an ethnic slur toward Serbian opponent Filip Krajinovic during a second-round loss at the Hamburg Open.

A video of Fognini showed him muttering the Italian word 'zingaro', meaning gypsy, while he had his back to Krajinovic during Wednesday's match.

File picture: Italy's Fabio Fognini has apologised for using an ethnic slur toward Serbian opponent Filip Krajinovic during a second-round loss at the Hamburg Open. Photo by: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters. Credit: Reuters

After it was picked up on social media, Fognini tweeted: “I made a mistake. I didn't want to offend anyone. ... I know Filip very well and anyone who plays sports knows that at times you get carried away saying things that make no sense.”

Krajinovic, a 149th-ranked qualifier, won 6-4, 6-0 against the defending champion and second seed.

The temperamental Fognini also broke his racket in half by stepping on it as he headed to a changeover midway through the second set. – Sapa-AP

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