Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.
Unless you’re a serious tennis fan, you probably don’t know that exactly one player was expelled from the 2017 U.S. Open: Fabio Fognini, for calling a chair umpire a “whore” and worse in Italian during a losing match. He was also fined $96,000 and threatened with banishment from Grand Slam events if he didn’t quit acting like a punk on the court.
Chastened and apologetic, Fognini returned to Flushing Meadows in 2018 as a No. 14 seed, where he was upset in the third round with no histrionics. Evidently, he’s learned to accept defeat.
So it’s simply not true, as Serena Williams asserted through tears after losing to brilliant, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka — also a “woman of color,” for those of you keeping score at home — that men are never punished for bad behavior in professional tennis.…