Fabio Fognini is one of the most controversial personalities on the tennis tour. The Italian made the headlines last week, after he was defaulted at the Barcelona Open 2021. Fognini was guilty of abusing the match official, and smashed his racquet while walking off the court.
The Italian was up against the Spaniard, Bernabe Zapata Miralles and was down by a score-line of 6-0, 4-4 when this incident occurred. Fognini pleaded innocence after the match, and stated that he was punished for something he was not guilty of.
In a recent interview to Corriere, the 33-year old threatened to take legal action against ATP, if his appeal did not go through. The Italian remains adamant to his point of view, and believes that he has done nothing wrong.
Fabio Fognini seeks compensation for reputational damage
Fabio Fognini stated that he would seek compensation from ATP, due to the reputational damage he has suffered, following the events in Barcelona. “I swear on my children, I did not insult a linesman during my match in Barcelona. I was just angry with myself. If my appeal doesn’t go through, I will seek compensation from the ATP for major reputational damage,” he said.
Fabio Fognini clashed against Salvatore Caruso at the Australian Open earlier this year, after the duo engaged in a five set thriller. The two players hurled insults at each other, and the spat continued for over two minutes. The Italian has a long history of on-court tussles with his opponents, and has often been criticized for his behavior on a tennis court.