Noted tennis tearaways Benoit Paire and Fabio Fognini have received a reprimand with instructions to do better in the deportment department on court.
The hot-blooded Latin pair have become recent poster boys for boorish ATP behavior. Racquet sponsor Babolat has apparently had enough and fired a warning shot at their delinquent duo.
Paire has freely admitted he’s only on Tour for the prize money and freely admits to tanking some contests.
Fognini was turfed out of this week’s Barcelona 500 event for a controversial confrontation with a chair umpire; the Italian insists he did no wrong and wants a thorough investigation of his incident.
The 2019 Monte Carlo winner also said he hoped a bomb would drop on the COVID edition of last autumn’s US Open and got into a slanging match on court with compatriot Salvatore Caruso at February’s Australian Open.
Babolat is calling time on what it terms “deeply inappropriate” behavior.
“At Babolat, tennis runs in our blood. We believe in the strength of our sport and, defend its values of respect, fair play, team spirit, friendship and fun of the game,” a company statement read.
“Sometimes a family member can go through a complex period and forget the importance of these values and the example we must pass on to all fans of the sport.
“Concerned about the recent outbursts of Benoit Paire and Fabio Fognini, we have informed them that we do not approve of their behavior.
“Today, we reaffirmed our values and the importance of respecting them.
“We will think in more detail with Benoit and Fabio about the suites to be given and see together how to accompany them.”
Main photo:– Fabio Fognini protests his innocence in Monaco by ATPTour.com