Shapovalov fined for launching ball that hit umpire
OTTAWA - Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov was fined US$7,000 by the International Tennis Federation on Monday for his on-court actions in a Davis Cup match against Britain a day earlier. The 17-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., lost via default in the deciding match of the World Group first-round tie at TD Place after unintentionally striking chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the eye with a ball. After firing a backhand wide to give up a break to Kyle Edmund early in the third set, Shapovalov pulled out the extra ball from his pocket and launched it in frustration. Gabas was struck near the left eye and referee Brian Earley declared an immediate default for unsportsmanlike conduct. “Last night at my Davis Cup match I did something very unprofessional and inexcusable,” Shapovalov said Monday in a statement on Twitter. No further disciplinary action was expected, the ITF said Monday in a statement.