Meanwhile At The Davis Cup, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov Drilled An Umpire In The Face With A Ball
Rick Chandler 06:01 pm, February 07th, 2017
Denis Shapovalov is only 17, one of tennis' big up-and-comer, and I guess if you're going to learn this lesson this is the best time to do it.
Shapovalov was trailing Great Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-4 2-1 when he struck the ball in anger and the missile connected with umpire Arnaud Gabas -- right in the face. That defaulted the match and gave the win to Brits, 3-2.
In addition, Shapovalov was fined $7,000 -- $2,000 for the default and $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. If it had been deemed intentional, the fine would be $12,000. BBC Sports:
Shapovalov, who had just dropped serve when the incident happened, said he feels "incredibly ashamed and embarrassed.
"I just feel awful for letting my team down, for letting my country down, for acting in a way that I would never want to act," he said. "I can promise that's the last time I will do anything like that. I'm going to learn from this and try to move past it."
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