Shapo­valov fined for launch­ing ball that hit um­pire

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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