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US OPEN – FABIO FOGNINI APOLOGISES FOR CALLING AN UMPIRE A WHORE

Fabio Fognini has apologised to the organizers of the US Open for calling an umpire a whore and has also promised to discuss his mistake with school children as a lesson.

Fabio exited the US Open in the first round when he was beaten. He caused a storm after aiming abuse at female chair umpire Louise Engzell.  Fabio Fognini called the Swedish umpire a ‘whore’ during an outburst in New York.

Fabio Fognini was suspended from the US Open following his verbal abuse of an umpire

During his first-round singles defeat by compatriot Stefano Travaglia he swore in Italian and called Swedish umpire Louise Engzell a ‘whore’, which earned him a fine of £18,500 and the possibility of a ban.

Therefore he was banned from the doubles and after further investigations, if he is found guilty of committing major offences he could be fined close to 195,000 US Dollars.

‘I apologise to everyone, not only the chair umpire, to whom I already apologised in New York, but to everyone who felt offended – women above all,’ Fognini told Italy’s Sky TV.

‘Being described as sexist hurt me, because it’s not true,’ said Fognini, who is married to 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta. The couple’s son, Federico, was born in May.

‘I understand the gravity of my gesture and I know I did something seriously wrong,’ Fognini said. ‘I’m prepared to enter a tennis school, or any school, and speak to the kids and say what I think – which is that I made a mistake and it won’t happen again.’

The 30 year old is known to be a notorious player as he was fined 20,000 pounds for his outbursts in the 2014 Wimbledon Open during a first round victory. He has already employed a psychologist to help him overcome his nervous reaction.

‘It’s my limit, I realise it and I’m working on it with a mental trainer,’ Fognini said. ‘We were doing pretty well lately and then comes this outburst, which can’t be explained.’

His suspension from the doubles means he misses out on a supposed grand slam as he and Simone Bolelli had advanced to the third round.

 

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