Fabio Fognini's not-so-cryptic post on Instagram story after he was handed a potential $96,000 fine. ???? pic.twitter.com/qJY2STqymy— Nikhila (@kokudum) October 11, 2017
Critics of Fognini's ongoing offensive behavior believe these penalties aren't harsh enough.
If Fognini is guilty : why do you want to reduce the fine and why don't you suspend him already ? Strong message was wanted, that's not one.— Carole Bouchard (@carole_bouchard) October 11, 2017
However, an optimist can only hope this potential ban—on top of his $24,000 fine and suspension at the US Open (where he was still in the doubles draw)—will help cool the 30-year-old down. After all, when he's focused, he's capable of outplaying a world No. 1:
That memorable win was in front of a home crowd in Rome. Fognini has had a strong year, on and off the court, reaching the semifinals of Miami, the final just recently in St. Petersburg and winning his fifth career title in Gstaad. In May, he welcomed his first child with wife Flavia Pennetta.
His run in Shanghai was ended on Thursday by Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-1.