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Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov became very upset during his Open match in Italy on Monday, shouting profanity at court fans while arguing on a call with the chair referee.
“Shut up f-k!” Shapolvalov was caught screaming at the noisy crowd.
Shapovalov fell 3-4 in the second set, when he was handed an unsportsmanlike code violation after he jumped over the net to show the referee a mark on his opponent’s side of the clay court – an unauthorized act.
Richard Hay’s verdict had the Canadian’s serve canceled, resulting in a double fault and a break point for Italian opponent Lorenzo Sonego.
As Shapovalov continued arguing with the official, he invited Haig to his side from court and singled out a fan who had been harassing him.
“I’m not going to fire him because I didn’t see what he was doing,” Hay said. I saw you talking to him and provoked him a little. I understand you’re disappointed.”
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As he argued with Hay, Shapovalov was frustrated by the growing chorus of boos and unleashed shouts in the crowd at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
Despite his outburst, Shabulalov went on to win the match in three sets and appeared to regret his actions in a post-match interview.
“A lot of things happened in the midst of this moment. I need to be better at my behaviour,” said Shapovalov, who will face Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round on Tuesday.
“It was my fault. I will find out the rule next time. I will definitely not skip Grid.”
Shapovalov told the Canadian press that he generally enjoys playing in Rome.
He said, “The fans love me here and I love the fans.” “Even after the match, there were a lot of people standing there, waiting for pictures, things like that.
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“I am very excited to play another match, not against an Italian.”
The 23-year-old is ranked No. 16 in the 2022 ATP rankings.
— With files from the Associated Press and the Canadian Press
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