An American tennis player swore at an umpire and called him 'pathetic' in a foul-mouthed rant at the Australian Open

Business Insider | 1/21/2020 | Barnaby Lane
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American tennis star Reilly Opelka called an umpire "pathetic" as part of a foul-mouthed attack during his Australian Open first round loss to Fabio Fognini on Tuesday.

Opelka had led the tie by two sets, however was penned back to two apiece by the Italian when he lost his cool after being given a time violation.

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"How many f---ing times did [Fognini] throw his racket? And you haven't given him s---." he said. "You're pathetic."

Fognini had also lost his temper earlier in the tie, earning himself a code violation for smashing his racket.

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"You give me one warning after one throw. He's thrown his s--- four times, bro."

Fognini won the match 10-5 in a final set tie break, and now faces Australian Jordan Thompson for a place in the third round.

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American tennis star Reilly Opelka launched a foul-mouthed tirade at an umpire at the Australian Open on Tuesday, calling him "pathetic" as he crashed out at the first round.

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Opelka was penned back by Italian Fabio Fogini from two sets down at the 1573 Arena in what was an exhausting three hour, 38-minute encounter spread over two days.

The American took the first set with ease 6-3 on Monday, before launching himself into poll position to advance by taking the second in a tie break, just before rain halted play.

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Upon returning to the court the next day, Fognini was revitalized, clawing himself back to two sets apiece. Both players were then level on three games each in the final...
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