US Open: Fognini Kicked Out of Slam After Foul-mouthed Rant
Controversial Italian Fabio Fognini was defaulted from the US Open on Saturday after making foul-mouthed comments to an umpire in his first round match.
File image of Fabio Fognini. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
New York: Controversial Italian Fabio Fognini was defaulted from the US Open on Saturday after making foul-mouthed comments to an umpire in his first round match.
The 30-year-old Fognini lashed out at the umpire with a series of insults during his first round loss in singles to fellow Italian Stefano Travaglia.
He and compatriot Simone Bolelli had reached the third round of the men's doubles but tournament organizers have now axed him from the event.
Fognini, the world number 26, had already been fined $24,000 for the incident earlier in the week.
"Pursuant to the Grand Slam Code of Conduct, 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," said a tournament statement.
"The provisional suspension is with immediate effect and, therefore, Mr Fognini has been withdrawn from his upcoming doubles match.
"There will be no further public comment concerning this matter until the major offense process is completed
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