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Fabio Fognini fined for outburst
Fabio Fognini has been fined $96,000 and given a suspended Grand Slam ban after abusing an umpire at the US Open in September.
A statement from Fognini’s agent read “Fognini accepts and will not appeal this decision and he has expressed remorse for his admitted misconduct.
He has confidence that he will meet the conditions necessary to reduce his financial penalty and to lift his Grand Slam tournament suspensions in the future”.
Fognini’s fine will be halved and he will not be banned from the US Open or the following Grand Slam if he does not commit another offence within the specified time period. The Italian used insulting language towards umpire, Louise Engzell, in his first-round loss to Stefano Travaglia.
Nick Kyrgios fined
Nick Kyrgios has been fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he prematurely quit his first-round match at the Shanghai Masters.
The 13th seed had already been given a point penalty for an “audible obscenity” when he was heard to say he would quit against Johnson if he lost the tie-break. The Australian will also not be allowed to collect his $21,085 prize money for appearing at the tournament.
This incident comes after a long line of misdemeanours as Kyrgios constantly finds himself in hot water due to his on court behaviour. The controversial Australian later came out and apologised on social media, stating it was a shoulder injury that prevented him from completing the match. Whatever the reason was, it looks like Kyrgios is finding it tough to curb his competitiveness.
Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer are through
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both made light work of their second-round opponents to move into the third round of the Shanghai Masters.
Amazingly, World No. 1 Nadal needed just 54 minutes to beat America’s Jared Donaldson 6-2 6-1.
Federer, who is aiming to claim his 94th ATP title, also had a relatively straightforward encounter as he beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. Nadal’s next opponent is Fabio Fognini, while Federer will come up against Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Swiss No. 1 will be looking to real in Nadal in the world ranking as he trails the Spaniard by 2,370 ranking points.
Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova are knocked out
Venus Williams suffered a shock loss in the second round of the Hong Kong Open to 19-year-oldrookie, Naomi Osaka. Number 2 seed Williams, playing in her second match since the US Open, lost 7-5 6-2 to the Japanese, who is ranked 64th in the world. Petra Kvitova, also went down in her first-round match at the Tianjin Open.
The Czech ended up with eight double faults as she lost 6-4 5-7 6-4 to world number 113 Zhu Lin of China. Kvitova has now lost five of the seven three-set matches she has played this year.
Murray and Serena will be back in time
Andy Murray and Serena Williams are set to return to play at the Australian Open in January, according to tournament director Craig Tiley.
British No. 1 Murray, has not played since July when a hip injury saw him lose at the quarter-final stages at Wimbledon, while Williams, 36, gave birth to her first child in September.
“All the top players will be back in Melbourne,” said Tiley.
“I can tell you that in talking to Andy, he has been training and he is preparing for having a great year in 2018,” Tiley later added. Tiley said Williams has a “special relationship” with the Australian Open, while the player has said the initials of her daughter’s name – Alexis Olympia Ohanian – are an association to the tournament.
Another man who is set to return is former World No. 1, Novak Djokovic, who has been side-lined since suffering an elbow injury at Wimbledon, while Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori have been out since the summer with respective knee and wrist problems.