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Video: Fabio Fognini bows out gracelessly at Western & Southern Open

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MASON, Ohio — There are two Fabio Fogninis. There’s the clever player who made three consecutive ATP finals and won his first two career titles last month, climbing to a career-high No. 16. And then there’s the flighty, checked-out player who made an appearance at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

Fognini gave away his first-round match without making his opponent hit a single ball in the final game. The Italian essentially broke his own serve to hand Radek Stepanek a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Serving at 4-5 in the second set, Fognini began the game by hitting back-to-back double faults. Frustrated, he smashed the ball out of the court to earn a code violation for ball abuse. Because the outburst was his second code violation of the match, he was given a point penalty to fall behind 0-40.

After arguing with umpire Gerry Armstrong that he was unaware he had received the first code violation, Fognini stepped to the service line and … stepped on it. He foot-faulted twice to lose the point. Game. Set. Match.

That’s just Fabio being Fabio.

Video via YouTube user soustek22

  • Published On Aug 13, 2013
  • 13 comments
    essdubyavee76
    essdubyavee76

    The best part was when Armstrong said, "When you hit the ball at the scoreboard." Like, DUH!

    Bahia
    Bahia

    Anyone can have a bad day, get frustrated and check out early.  It just shows one's threshold for quitting.  Only issue I would have is for the fans who paid, but I don't think they care or were very interested in the match anyhow.

    dayo1026_2000
    dayo1026_2000

    When Fabio "checks out" like that in a match, he reminds me of Gaston Gaudio.  The one positive thing you can say about both of them is they do not see tennis as their main purpose in life.  Let's hope Fabio can pull it together enough to win a slam like Gaston did at the French.  He is a very talented clay court player.

    6marK6
    6marK6

    The Italian did not have the heart or balls to go to a third set, so he tanked it. There is a reason why you have never heard of him before, or will again. 

    MichaelLouro
    MichaelLouro

    I was expecting long flowing blond hair and no shirt

    Vinny Cordoba
    Vinny Cordoba

    Pretty sad when Stepanek comes across as the sane, level-headed, sportsmanlike one.

    davide1
    davide1

    @6marK6 DO yo feel better about using gay slurs. DO you feel big and  bad? Funny that you are accussing people of not watching video or reading article like you are some big tennis fan. You do not know anything about tennis or about Fognini. He has always been a good player and tennis fans know about him. Making three consecutive Finals and winning two of them makes him better than average. He is the 16th ranked player in the world (5 spots higher that the highest ranked American man. You might not know about him, but the rest of us who actually follow tennis know about him. You should take your ignorant homophobic self back to the hole yo crawled out from