The last time Fabio Fognini left the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, he departed in shame.
A year ago, Fognini, a 31-year-old Italian, was expelled from the U.S. Open before his third-round doubles match after it came to light that he had verbally abused the chair umpire Louise Engzell during a first-round singles loss to his fellow Italian Stefano Travaglia.
Fognini reportedly used misogynistic slurs in Italian against Engzell, a respected chair umpire from Sweden.
Fognini was charged with three violations of the Grand Slam code of conduct and fined $24,000 of the $72,000 he earned in singles and doubles.