Canada's Denis Shapovalov fined for smashing ball in tennis umpire's eye

Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov apologized on his Twitter account Monday after he hit the umpire in the eye with a ball. The International Tennis Federation has fined the Canadian $7,000 US. He avoided the maximum fine of $12,000 as the incident was not deemed intentional.

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Canada fell 3-2 to Great Britain in their Davis Cup World Group tie after Shapovalov was defaulted after accidentally firing a tennis ball at the chair umpire 1:24

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. 

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. 

 

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