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Fognini learns punishment for calling U.S. Open umpire a ‘whore'

The player booted out of the U.S. Open for calling an umpire a “whore” has been found guilty.

But Italy’s Fabio Fognini will get off easy as long as he keeps his foul, sexist language to himself for the next couple years.

Currently ranked No. 28 in the world, Fognini was slapped with an additional $ 96,000 in fines and banned from competing in two Grand Slam tournaments – one of which has to be the U.S. Open.

In the ruling, though, the Grand Slam Board wrote that the tournament ban will not be imposed as long as Fognini behaves himself through the 2019 season. The fine will also be reduced to $ 48,000 if he doesn’t commit another major offense over that same time frame.

Monday’s ruling by the Grand Slam Board Director – which was made public on Wednesday – found that the hot-headed Italian “had committed the Grand Slam Offences of Aggravated Behaviour and Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game.”

Fognini, 30, called umpire Louise Engzell a “whore” in Italian during his opening-round match against Stefano Travaglia. He was fined $ 24,000 at the time and warned that he could be banned from Grand Slam events permanently.

Fognini, who lost to Travaglia in late August in the season’s final Grand Slam, was then ousted from the doubles tournament based on his profane outburst.

“I apologize to everyone, not only the chair umpire, to whom I already apologized in New York, but to everyone who felt offended — women above all,” Fognini told Italy’s Sky TV in a broadcast report in early September. “Being described as sexist hurt me, because it’s not true.”

He will not appeal the board’s decision.

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