Chair umpire refuses to shake Fabio Fognini's hand after he loses in Paris
No. 20 Fabio Fognini ended his 2014 season with a 7-6, 7-6 loss to French qualifier Lucas Pouille and then capped it off with a heated argument with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes, after he initially refused to shake Fognini's hand at the BNP Paribas Masters. It's unclear why Fognini was so angry with Bernardes initially, but Italian journalists tweeted that Fognini was agitated about something at 7-all in the tiebreaker. He threw his racket after Pouille hit a winner into the open court to earn match point. Fognini yelled angrily toward Bernardes as the partisan crowd began to boo Fognini's antics. He then double-faulted on match point to give the No. 176 Frenchman the win. After a cold handshake at the net, Fognini turned his attention to Bernardes. After a few choice words from the Italian, Bernardes went to shake Pouille's hand but initially refused to shake Fognini's. You can watch the exchange below: [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgzD_QuZ7-U] Fognini and Bernardes continued to engage with each other until Bernardes walked him off the court.
Bernades says to Fognini : you don’t have to insult me. I don’t insult you (after Fognini said him ‘You are crazy’) — Angelica Fratini (@angelikf) October 29, 2014
And thus, this ends the saga of Fognini's 2014 season, which saw him face numerous fines throughout the year for unsportsmanlike conduct, including over $27,000 at Wimbledon. Just a few weeks ago he was fined for flipping off the crowd after losing to a Chinese wildcard at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.