Fabio Fognini smashed his racquet in anger as he left the court after being defaulted for the first time in his career.
The Italian was kicked out of the game in the second set of his Barcelona Open match against Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
Fognini, who was a set down but level at 4-4 in the second, appeared to be defaulted for abusing an official, although the TV cameras failed to pick it up.
It prompted Fognini to smash a racket against a net post in frustration as he left the court, and he claimed afterwards he was at a loss to explain the umpire’s decision.
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“I paid for something that I did not do,” Fognini said after the match.
“I did bad things on court in the past but today I was very calm. I was not even speaking.
“I will investigate about it. It’s the first time it happens in my life.”
His opponent also claimed he did not personally hear Fognini saying anything that could have resulted in a defaulting, and nor had he been informed after the match.
It is the first time the Italian has been defaulted in 698 matches, although he is known for been something of an antagonist around the court.
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