“You will be defaulted like Novak Djokovic” Fabio Fognini to Nick Kyrgios

Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini chips into the Djokovic disqualification drama, prophesizing Nick Kyrgios to face a similar situation.

Fabio Fognini and Nick Kyrgios

Top seed Novak Djokovic’s appallingly disqualified from US Open 2020 after he unintentionally hit a ball on a lines’ judge’s throat during the fourth round against Pablo Carreno Busta. The fiasco will undoubtedly be marked as a notable moment in the history of tennis, with people still commenting their opinions on the incident. Italy’s Fabio Fognini too chipped into the discussion.

Fognini takes a swipe at Aussie

Fabio Fognini

Fognini has been one of the leading names in the players’ list who missed the US Open 2020. He backed out from the tournament in the wake of health concerns as he was still in the recovery phase of the many surgeries he had undergone initially this year.

Fognini, been on the professional loop for above 10 years, tried comparing the happenings of Djokovic with his on-court attitude. Remarking on the nature of the incident, as per the tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg, Fognini stated, “It could happen to everybody…. It was unlucky, a shame. Could happen to everybody. Never to me. Maybe to Kyrgios.” 

Keeping himself out of the disputation, the Italian prophesized Nick Kyrgios to be falling into a similar situation in future, given his record of defaults. Most recently, Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open 2019 for throwing repetitive tantrums on court, including throwing a water bottle at the chair umpire’s chair.

Nick Kyrgios

Neither Fognini nor Kyrgios are new to controversies. Fognini too has thrown tantrums on court, including being docked points at the Australian Open 2020 for his peculiar antics.

He also had a raging run in with Murray when he refused to shout as the three-time Grand Slam champion was taking a volley. This caused Murray to ask him to ‘shut up’ in an on-court squabble.

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