Canada's Denis Shapovalov fined for smashing ball in tennis umpire's eye
'I feel ashamed for my unprofessional behaviour,' says Canadian teenager
The International Tennis Federation fined Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov $7,000 US Monday after he unintentionally hit chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the eye with a ball. He avoided the maximum fine of $12,000 as the incident was not considered intentional.
Updated ITF statement regarding Denis Shapovalov who was fined $7000 after being defaulted in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DavisCup?src=hash">#DavisCup</a> <a href="https://t.co/R0UQM5WklH">https://t.co/R0UQM5WklH</a>—@ITF_Tennis
The 17-year-old also apologized Monday on his Twitter account after the outburst caused Canada to lose it's Davis Cup tie with Great Britain.
Great Britain's Kyle Edmund was leading the match 6-3 6-4 2-1 at the time. The World Group first-round tie was sqaured at two after Canadian Vasek Pospisil edged Dan Evans in four sets earlier on Sunday.
Great Britain will now play France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in April.
Pospisil tweeted his support for Shapovalov after the incident.
No one is nicer or carries themselves better for a 17 y/o than Shapovalov. Everyone can see that today was an accident. Can happen to anyone—@VasekPospisil