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WATCH: Fabio Fognini asks the chair umpire for a code violation as the strange happenings at Sofia Open
WATCH: Fabio Fognini asks the chair umpire for a code violation as the strange happenings at Sofia Open
WATCH: Fabio Fognini asks the chair umpire for a code violation as the strange happenings at Sofia Open
Tennis WATCH: Fabio Fognini asks the chair umpire for a code violation as...

WATCH: Fabio Fognini asks the chair umpire for a code violation as the strange happenings at Sofia Open

Sofia Open: Fabio Fognini has a reputation for being an energetic player who frequently loses his cool on the court. On a tennis court, the Italian once again demonstrated his theatrics by pulling off a nearly unheard-of manoeuvre.

At 5-5 in the first set, Fabio Fognini was serving against Aleksandar Vukic in the Sofia Open first round. He double-failed on his serve and slammed the ball into the crowd.

Before requesting a code penalty for ball abuse from chair umpire Aurelie Tourte, Fognini was overheard saying “sorry.” When serving Aurelie Tourte, the Italian is heard shouting, “Give me, give me,” in a video of the incident that was posted on Twitter.

Fognini was given a code violation after garnering some sporadic applause from the audience.

At the Sofia Open, Aleksandar Vukic defeated Fabio Fognini in the first round.

At the Sofia Open, Fabio Fognini lost his first game as Aleksandra Vukic upset him 7-6(11), 7-5, in an hour and 53 minutes.

In the first set, the Italian had five set points but was unable to capitalise on them. He also made the opening break in game two, but Vukic broke him back and again in game four to win the match and guarantee his spot in the round of 16.

The winner will play either top seed Jannik Sinner or Nuno Borges in the quarterfinals after facing either Fernando Verdasco or the Australian in the second round.

In the Sofia Open doubles competition, Fognini is still taking part with longtime partner Simone Bolelli. The Italian duo advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Marc Huesler and Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the opening round.

Only 17 of Fognini’s 37 singles matches have resulted in victories so far this season, with his best results coming in the semifinals of the Rio Open and the Serbia Open.

The Italian competed at the US Open before to the Sofia Open and advanced to the second round after defeating Aslan Karatsev. Rafael Nadal was his next opponent, and he defeated the Spaniard in the opening set. The “King of Clay,” however, recovered and triumphed 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.

In the remaining months of the season, Fognini, who is ranked 57th in the world, will try to get back up to the top 50 of the ATP rankings.

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