Fabio Fognini Penalized For Removing Line Judge’s Sunglasses at US Open

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 | 0

Fabio Fognini embroiled himself in a controversy after removing a line judge’s sunglasses on his way to a dramatic five-set win at the US Open 2016 on Tuesday.

The Italian star rallied from a two-set deficit to pull off a grueling 6-7 3-6 7-6 7-5 6-4 conquest of Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili in the opener that lasted four hours and 47 minutes.

Nevertheless, Fognini kept the crowd intrigued with his antics throughout the match. He, however, crossed the line after taking out the glares of a line judge midway through the fourth set.

Consequently, he was penalized a point by chair umpire Pascal Maria. This didn’t go down well with Fognini, as he labeled the season-ending major the “worst” Grand Slam.

“They have their rules, the Americans are different in every way,” the 29-year-old was quoted as saying by ESPN. “Of the four Slams, this, as far as I’m concerned, is the worst for a number of reasons.”

Meanwhile, Fognini is scheduled to take on No. 11 seed David Ferrer of Spain in the second round here.





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