Shapovalov "ashamed" for hitting ball at umpire; fined €6.5k
Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has been fined 6,500 euros after he hit an umpire in the face with a tennis ball during a Davis Cup match with Great Britain, resulting in him being defaulted from the decisive rubber.
The 17-year-old was 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 down to Kyle Edmund and smashed a ball in anger after losing his serve, only for it to hit umpire Arnaud Gabas in the eye.
Shapovalov avoided the maximum 9,300-euro fine as the incident was not deemed intentional, however the International Tennis Federation could still take further action.
Vasek Pospisil beat Dan Evans to set up a deciding rubber on Sunday, only for match referee Brian Earley to end the final rubber after the incident, which handed Great Britain a 3-2 victory.
“I JUST FEEL AWFUL”
Shapovalov said he felt "incredibly ashamed and embarrassed" after the incident and vowed to learn from it.
"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," said the 17-year-old.
"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."
Great Britain will now face France in April in the quarter-finals.
British captain Leon Smith said he could not help but feel sorry for the youngster. "I feel for the young lad. He's a great talent and he has learned a harsh lesson," said Smith.
More recently, in the 2012 Queen's final in London, Argentine David Nalbandian kicked out at an advertising hoarding at courtside in frustration, which bloodied a line judge's shin. It cost him a 10,000-euro fine.
Source: Reuters Sport, Eurosport