September 2, 2017 / 5:48 PM / 3 months ago

Fognini suspended from U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Italy’s Fabio Fognini was provisionally suspended on Saturday from further participation in the U.S. Open after earlier being fined $24,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during his first-round singles loss.

Fognini and partner Simone Bolelli will be withdrawn from their third-round doubles match.

“Fabio Fognini is hereby provisionally suspended from further participation in the U.S. Open pending a final determination whether a major offense has been committed during his first-round singles match,” the Grand Slam Board said in a statement.

The 22nd-seeded Italian, known for his volatile temper, was in trouble again during his 6-4 7-6 (8) 3-6 6-0 loss on Wednesday to Stefano Travaglia when he was heard directing vulgar language towards Swedish chair umpire Louise Engzell.

Fognini was cited for three code violations and handed fines of $15,000, $5,000 and $4,000.

It is not the first time Fognini has been in hot water for being unable to control his emotions.

At Wimbledon in 2014 he was fined $27,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Editing by Ed Osmond

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