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‘What they did was inexplicable. I will investigate it’ – Fabio Fognini after Barcelona Open disqualification

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Fabio Fognini said “I paid for something I didn’t do” after being disqualified from the Barcelona Open for apparently verbally abusing a linesman.

The world No. 27 was trailing 6-0, 4-4 to Bernabe Zapata Miralles when he was defaulted in the second round of the ATP 500 event on Wednesday.

Serving at 4-3, 30-40 in the second set, Fognini was called for a foot fault before dropping the point to lose serve. The referee then ejected the Italian from the match for apparent verbal abuse directed towards a linesman.

“I’m really surprised with the ATP, especially the chair umpire and the supervisor, because I was here to play tennis, I was here to fight in the match, and even if I was losing, doesn’t matter,” Fognini said in a post-match press conference.

“But what they did to me was something inexplicable, so I’m going to investigate it, but nothing more. I paid for something that I didn’t do, that’s the first and clearest thing that everybody has to know.”

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)


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