Published On: Sat, Sep 2nd, 2017

Italian Fabio Fognini Booted From U.S. Open For Misogynistic Rant And Abuse

Fabio Fognini of Italy reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has been provisionally suspended from the U.S. Open after a misogynistic rant during his first round loss. Fognini has been cited before for his conduct, and this announcement Saturday was reportedly the final straw. Fabio Fognini was supposed to play doubles, but this suspension will prevent that. Fabio Fognini, the 22nd seed, swore at a female judge, calling her a “whore” in Italian.

Sadly, rants like Fognini’s aren’t new in tennis, but the ITF has stepped in to punish those who exhibit this kind of behavior. In April, former Romanian tennis player turned Fed Cup captain, Ilie Nastase, was suspended by the ITF for expressing racist views about top women’s tennis player Serena Williams. Nastase was known as “Nasty” Nastase back in his days as a player for his rude behavior which has not quelled with age.

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Italian Fabio Fognini Booted From U.S. Open For Misogynistic Rant And Abuse