Facebook Social Button Twitter Social Button Follow Us on InstagramYouTube Social Button Follow Me on Pinterest
NewsBlogsLive ScoresTV ListingsTournamentsVideosInstructionRankingsPlayersPodcastsMagazine

Popular This Week

Net Notes - A Tennis Now Blog

Net Posts

Industry Insider - A Tennis Now Blog

Industry Insider

Second Serve - A Tennis Now Blog

Second Serve

 

Fognini Bounced From US Open For Bad Behavior


Fabio Fognini’s first-round outburst has ended his US Open.

Fognini was hit with a provisional suspension from the Flushing Meadows major today following a series of fines incurred after he blew up and spewed sexual insults at Swedish chair umpire Louise Engzell.

More: Sharapova Shades Wozniacki

The suspension knocks Fognini and Italian partner Simone Bolelli, the former Australian Open champions, out of the US Open doubles. The pair had reached the third round after a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over 10th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas.

The 26th-ranked Italian erupted during his 6-4, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-0 opening-round singles loss to compatriot Stefano Travaglia and repeated insulting language at Engzell, which was picked up by on-court microphones.

Fognini was hit with three separate unsportsmanlike conduct fines by the US Open, incurring a total fine of $24,000 and bounced for his bad behavior.

That outburst could lead to further sanctions.

If Fognini is found to have committed a major offense under the Grand Slam code of conduct he could face a maximum fine of up to $250,000 and/or suffer suspensions from future Grand Slam tournaments.

Fognini took to twitter to issue an apology on Thursday calling his meltdown "a very bad day."

"First of all I would like to apologize to you fans, to the referee for what happened," Fognini wrote. "It was just a very bad day, but it did not forgive my behavior in the match.

"Although I’m a hot-head—and though I’ve been right in most circumstances—I was wrong. But in the end it’s only a tennis game.”




“Fabio Fognini is hereby provisionally suspended from further participation in the US Open pending a final determination whether a major offense has been committed during his first-round singles match,” the Grand Slam board announced in a statement. “The provisional suspension is with immediate effect, and, therefor, Mr. Fognini has been withdraw from his upcoming doubles match.”

Photo credit: Fabio Fognini Instagram

Posted: