Fognini fined $27,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, "visible obscenity"

by: AP June 25, 2014

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LONDON (AP) -- Fabio Fognini of Italy was fined a total of $27,500 by Wimbledon for outbursts during his first-round victory.

Fognini, who is seeded 16th, was docked twice for unsportsmanlike conduct - one carrying a $20,000 price tag, the other $5,000 - and lost another $2,500 for what was termed a visible obscenity.

The penalties were announced Wednesday. Fognini can appeal.

Fognini directed his anger at the chair umpire while coming back to beat Alex Kuznetsov of the United States 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 9-7 Monday.

Fognini won again on Wednesday.

The fines will come out of his prize money. He is already assured of earning at least 71,000 pounds - which is about $120,000 - for getting to the third round.

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