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Tennis player blames the heat for using homophobic slurs during Olympics match

A post shared by Fabio Fognini (@fabiofogna)An Italian tennis player has apologized after repeatedly calling himself a homophobic slur during his Olympic tennis match.Fabio Fognini, 34, repeatedly shouted “frocio” at himself as he began losing points to his opponent, Russia’s, Daniil Medvedev, 25. It roughly translates as “faggot.”The Russian, seeded number two, eventually beat Fognini 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and now advances to the quarter-finals stage.

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