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Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov got a little testy during his Italian Open match on Monday, yelling a profanity at fans in the stadium as he discussed a call with the chair umpire.
“Shut your mouth!” Shapolvalov was captured yelling at the raucous crowd.
Shapovalov was down 3-4 in the second set, when he received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after jumping over the net to show the referee a mark on his opponent’s side of the clay court, an act that is not allowed. .
Referee Richard Haigh had ruled the Canadian’s serve out, resulting in a double fault and break point for Italian opponent Lorenzo Sonego.
As Shapovalov continued to argue with the referee, he called Haigh to his side of the court and pointed to a fan who was heckling him.
“I’m not kicking him out because I didn’t see what he was doing,” Haigh said. “I saw you talking to him and you egged him on a bit. I understand that you are frustrated.
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While arguing with Haigh, Shapovalov grew frustrated with the growing chorus of boos and let loose, shouting at the crowd at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
Despite his outburst, Shapolalov won the match in three sets and appeared remorseful for his actions in a post-match interview.
“A lot of things happened in the heat of the moment. I need to be better with my behavior,” said Shapovalov, who will face Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round on Tuesday.
“It was my mistake. I’ll know the rule next time. I definitely won’t cross the net.”
Shapovalov told The Canadian Press that he generally enjoys playing in Rome.
“The fans love me here and I love the fans,” he said. “Even after the match, there were a lot of people standing around, waiting for photos, things like that.
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“I’m super excited to play another match, not against an Italian.”
The 23-year-old is currently ranked No. 16 in the 2022 ATP Men’s Tennis Rankings.
— with archives from The Associated Press and The Canadian Press
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