‘It does not correspond to reality’ – Fabio Fognini vows to fight Barcelona default

Fabio Fognini says he intends to appeal his defaulting at the Barcelona Open because he does not believe it ‘corresponds with reality.’

The hot-headed Italian ace was kicked out of his match against Bernabé Zapata Miralles on Wednesday, although the TV cameras failed to pick up an obvious reason.

At the time, Fognini was a set down but the scores were level in the second, prompting many to conclude he was punished for comments he may have made to the umpire.

Immediately after the match, though, he declared his innocence, and it appears he is not willing to let it drop without challenge.

“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you about the disqualification subjected yesterday on 4-4 of the second set in the match against Zapata Miralles,” Fognini said on Instagram.

“On the field I could not do anything other than accept the decision taken by the tournament supervisor.

“But I want closure that what decision is incorrect and penalty, the supervisor’s report is incomplete and does not correspond to reality and, for this reason, I have decided to appeal for this reason.”

It was the first time, perhaps surprisingly given his on-court demeanour, that Fognini had been defaulted in 698 career matches.

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