12 Oct 2017

Outburst costs Italian tennis player $135 000

12:36 pm on 12 October 2017

Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has been provisionally suspended for two grand slam tournaments and fined $135,000 for his outburst at this year's US Open.

Fabio Fognini celebrates his upset over Rafael Nadal at the US Open crop

Fabio Fognini Photo: AFP

Fognini directed an outburst of foul language towards Swedish chair umpire Louise Engzell during his first-round loss to compatriot Stefano Travaglia and was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

A statement from the Grand Slam Board, responsible for the enforcement of the grand slam rules, said it had found Fognini guilty of "Aggravated Behaviour and Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game".

One of the two grand slam tournaments the 30-year-old faces a ban from must be the US Open, although the sanction will only be imposed if he is found guilty of another Grand Slam Major Offence during the next two years.

The fine will also be halved if the hot-headed Fognini, who was stung for $US24,000 at Flushing Meadows for his antics, stays out of trouble over the next two years.

"Mr Fognini accepts and will not appeal this decision and he has expressed remorse for his admitted misconduct," the statement said.

"He has confidence that he will meet the conditions necessary to reduce his financial penalty and to lift his Grand Slam tournament suspensions in the future."