Fognini handed suspended two-major ban for US Open misconduct

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

The Grand Slam board said Fognini will be suspended from participating in two major tournaments-one of which will be the U.S. Open-if he commits another major offense before the end of 2019.

The fine will also be halved if the hot-headed Fognini, who was fined US$24,000 at Flushing Meadows for his antics, stays out of trouble over the next two years.

The ITF has handed out its punishing for Fabio Fognini's behavior during the US Open.

Fognini was subsequently suspended from the tournament, meaning he was unable to continue in the doubles, after the Grand Slam Board announced it was investigating whether he had committed a major offence.

The International Tennis Federation issued a press release on Friday stating that the sport's Grand Slam Board has dispensed a suspended suspension on the Italian for two Grand Slam tournaments threatening with a further a $96,000 fine for his misconduct termed as a "major offense of aggravated behavior" and "conduct contrary to the integrity of the game".

" I apologise to all".

"I apologize to everyone, not only the chair umpire, to whom I already apologized in NY, but to everyone who felt offended - women above all", Fognini told Italy's Sky TV in a broadcast report in early September.

"I have nothing against them".

He said: 'The gravity of my gesture I understand, I know I did something heavy. At this moment, in addition to addressing my apologies, I am willing to go into a tennis school or any kind of school to talk to children and say what I think, that is, I'm wrong and it will not happen anymore. "I have to say that in the last period we were on the right track, then this nonsense I did is not explainable".

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