Thanasi Kokkinakis’ opponent Fabio Fognini is accused of refueling at the Australian Open

Thanasi Kokkinakis’ opponent is accused of TANKING in a duel suspended with Australian just five points from victory: ‘He’s a disgraceful advertisement for men’s tennis’

  • Fabio Fognini is accused of “fuelling” against Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Tennis fans were appalled by the Italian veteran’s lack of commitment
  • The game was stopped due to rain, Aussie was close to winning

Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini has been accused of “fuelling” in his clash with Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis at Tuesday night’s Australian Open, with fans horrified at his lack of effort.

Kokkinakis stormed through the first two sets against Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2 and led 4-2 in the third when play was suspended due to rain.

Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini (pictured) has been accused of'refueling' in his clash with Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open and many fans have been appalled at his lack of effort

Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini (pictured) has been accused of ‘refueling’ in his clash with Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open and many fans have been appalled at his lack of effort

Kokkinakis (pictured) stormed through the first two sets 6-1, 6-2 and led 4-2 in the third when Fabio Fognini offered little resistance

Kokkinakis (pictured) stormed through the first two sets 6-1, 6-2 and led 4-2 in the third when Fabio Fognini offered little resistance

Play resumes on Wednesday although many fans aren’t expecting much from a fight from the Italian, who has been questioned for a lack of energy on the pitch.

“I don’t know how to explain that,” Channel 9 commentator Adam Peacock said after a lazy shot from Fognini in the third set.

‘Speak for yourself… A real lack of energy from Fabio at the moment.’

Roger Rasheed said: “[Kokkinakis’] Opponent hasn’t tested him yet… and put him under pressure. The Italian has managed shots like this again and again.’

The Age’s Mark McGowan tweeted: “Fognini is driving very close to the tanking line. And I’m generous.”

Fognini imagined playing an inexplicably bad shot against the Australian

Fognini imagined playing an inexplicably bad shot against the Australian

Tennis fans on social media were even more scathing about the former world No. 9’s lackluster performance, who made 23 unforced errors.

“It is not the first time that Fognini has been accused of tanking. He should have been eliminated from tennis years ago. He is a disgraceful advertisement for men’s tennis,” wrote one Twitter user.

“With the game it’s pretty clear that Fognini isn’t doing his best. Refueling at its finest. Big fine coming,” said another.

Fognini (pictured) is no stranger to controversy, having once spat on a chair umpire, using homophobic slurs at the Olympics, calling a female umpire a

Fognini (pictured) is no stranger to controversy, having once spat on a chair umpire, using homophobic slurs at the Olympics, calling a female umpire a “whore” and wishing for a “bomb to go off” at Wimbledon.

‘Very generous. Will pocket his $100,000 and here we go,” said a third.

Fognini is no stranger to controversy, having once spat on a chair umpire, using homophobic slurs at the Olympics, calling a female umpire a “whore” and wishing for a “bomb to go off” at Wimbledon.

The Italian veteran’s career-highest ranking was nine, with his biggest title win coming in 2019 when he won the Monte Carlo Masters. He also won the Australian Open doubles title with compatriot Simone Bolelli in 2015.

Should he lose to Kokkinakis when play resumes, he will pocket $106,250 on the Australian Open pay scale.

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