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WIMBLEDON WATCH: Fognini slams tournament rules

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm •  Published: June 27, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Fabio Fognini's tumultuous week at Wimbledon ended with a five-set defeat to Kevin Anderson. He didn't go out quietly.

The fiery Italian, who was fined $27,500 by Wimbledon for unsportsmanlike conduct earlier this week, added more controversy Friday by criticizing the all-white clothing policy at the All England Club following his 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 loss.

"The only things I don't like are the rules, Wimbledon's rules, the white color," Fognini said Friday in his post-match press conference. "Today I crashed the rackets against my knee because the court is really soft and I can damage it a lot."

The 16th-seeded Italian also criticized Wimbledon organizers' decision to schedule his match on a small court, suggesting that he was punished twice for his first-round fine.

"It's strange because in the first round (against a qualifier) I play on Court Number 18," he said. "Today I am 16 and he is 20 and we play on Court 17. But I don't really care."

Fognini said he won't change his on-court demeanor.

"I will always be the same, sorry guys," he said.

— By Samuel Petrequin — https://twitter.com/sampetrequin

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was on court for the fifth consecutive day when he beat Jimmy Wang on Friday at Wimbledon.

The 14th-seeded Frenchman had his first two matches each completed over two days at the All England Club. He made sure he didn't spend too much time on court Friday in the 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 win.

Tsonga, who set-up a fourth-round match with Novak Djokovic, said he had experienced more taxing schedules earlier in his career.

"I've done worse when I was playing in challenger tournaments," Tsonga said. "Sometimes I was playing in two tournaments at the same time and I remember that I once played seven or eight matches in seven days, with three matches the same day at one point."

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