If he slips up again, he could be suspended from two majors. (AP)

Fabio Fognini was given a suspended ban on Wednesday for directing bad language toward a chair umpire during the US Open.   

 
In short, he's basically on probation. He'll be suspended from two Grand Slams only if he commits another major offense at a Grand Slam in the next two years. 
 
The world No. 28 was also hit with a $96,000 fine, which will drop to $48,000 if he keeps his act together. 
 
According to the Grand Slam Board, Fognini "has expressed remorse for his admitted misconduct." But not long after that statement came out, the Italian No. 1 seemingly poked fun at their decision on Instagram.   

Critics of Fognini's ongoing offensive behavior believe these penalties aren't harsh enough. 

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.