Fabio Fognini of Italy is out of the U.S. Open after being suspended for a profane outburst. (Michael Noble/Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Fabio Fognini has been provisionally suspended from the U.S. Open following a profane outburst during his first-round loss earlier in the week, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Saturday.

The 22nd-seeded Italian had already been cited Friday for three conduct violations including one offense in which he swore at match umpire Louise Engzell, who is Swedish, and called her a whore in Italian. His fines totaled $24,000, which is almost half of the prize money Fognini received for losing his first-round match to compatriot Stefano Travaglia, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-0, on Wednesday. He also has been withdrawn from his upcoming third-round doubles match.

Fognini’s suspension is pending investigation by the Grand Slam Board as to whether he committed a “Major Offense,” for which the worst-case outcome is that the Italian is fined up to $250,000 and permanently suspended from further participation in Grand Slam Tournaments, per the Grand Slam rule book.

The Grand Slam Board consists of the leaders of the organizations that host the four majors — Chris Freeman from Tennis Australia, Bernard Giudicelli from the French Tennis Federation, Katrina Adams from the USTA and Philip Brook, the chairman of Wimbledon’s All England club.

Fognini, well known for his temper and profanity on court, was previously fined $27,500 by Wimbledon in 2014 for an outburst during a first-round victory.

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