For his vulgar outburst during a first round loss Wednesday to countryman Stefano Travaglia, Fabio Fognini has been tossed from the US Open doubles competition, the tournament has announced.
“Pursuant to the Grand Slam Code of Conduct, Article III Q and Article IV A and B, 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,” a statement from Grand Slam direct Bill Babcock read.
“The provisional suspension is with immediate effect and, therefore, Mr Fognini has been withdrawn from his upcoming doubles match.”
Fognini and partner Simone Bolelli were already into the round of 16, and had the day off today. But the two have been dismissed from the event.
Against Travaglia, Fognini was fined $24,000 by the tournament for three different violations.
Fognini called chair umpire during match "troia" (whore) and "bocchinara" (cocksucker) https://t.co/BQ88hM2lYJ
— Stefano Berlincioni (@Carretero77) August 30, 2017
Now the ITF will further investigate the matter and likely further fine Fognini and a lengthier suspension. By rule, he could get fined up to $250K and permanently banned from playing Grand Slam events, though that’s the very maximum penalty.
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