He is animated, expressive, emotional and funny but he is also a hot-head, which has again landed the Italian Men’s tennis player, Fabio Fognini, in trouble following his misogynistic outburst towards the Swedish umpire, Louise Engzell, during his first round 2017 US Open loss to compatriot, Stefano Travaglia on Wednesday.
Apart from the $24 000 fine, it took three days before the event organisers decided to provisionally suspend him from the tournament.
The decision was announced shortly before he and doubles partner, Simone Bolelli, were due to take the court against Nicholas Monroe and John‑Patrick Smith in the third round of the Men’s Doubles yesterday.
Fognini posted an apology on Twitter on Thursday.
A decision will now be made regarding Fognini’s future participation at the US Open.
This is not the first time that Fognini has been heavily fined for an outburst. He most notably, received a $27 500 fine during the 2014 Wimbledon tournament.