Through a press release published on Wednesday, ITF announced the final decision about Fabio Fognini's vulgar comments towards umpire Louise Ezngell at the US Open during his first round match against fellow compatriot Stefano Travaglia.
The Italian player is guilty of the Major Offence of Aggravated Behaviour and Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game. He is hereby fined $96,000 (in addition to the $24,000 penalty already paid for on-site offences) which will be reduced to $48,000 if no further Grand Slam Major Offence conviction occurs through and including 2019.
The same suspension is there for an eventual ban, which would mean not playing two Grand Slam tournaments, one of which must be the US Open. Unsurprisingly, Fognini accepts and won't appeal this decision.
In an interview to Sky Sport Italy a few weeks after the incident, he had said he was ready to pay for any conseguence. 'He has expressed remorse for his admitted misconduct', ITF said through a statement.
'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.' ALSO READ: Fabio Fognini: 'I cried, I did something serious.
It won't happen anymore' .