Fabio Fognini

Fognini kicked out of US Open doubles for actions in singles

Fabio Fognini was kicked out of the U.S. Open doubles tournament Saturday and faces a possible permanent ban from all Grand Slam events after vulgarly insulting the chair umpire during his first-round loss in singles.

If the Grand Slam Board determines Fognini committed a "major offense," the Italian also could be fined up to $250,000 for violating the code of conduct.

Fognini, who was seeded 22nd in singles, was fined a total of $24,000 on Friday by the U.S. Open — nearly half of his $50,000 prize money in singles — for unsportsmanlike conduct during his 6-4, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-0 loss to Stefano Travaglia on Wednesday. Fognini was cited by the tournament for three...

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