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Canadian Tennis Player Disqualified from Davis Cup After Drilling Umpire in Face with Ball (Video)

by: Esteban On  Monday, February 6, 2017
Tags:  Davis Cup   Meltdown   Referees   Tennis   Umpires  
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Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov made the biggest mistake of his young career on Sunday when he drilled an umpire in the face with a tennis ball.

Shapovalov had dropped the first two sets of his Davis Cup match against Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund and was trailing the third set 2-1 when he let his emotions get the best of himself. After hitting an unforced error, the 17-tear-old took the extra ball in his pocket and angrily smashed it away with his racket.

Unfortunately, instead of landing safely in the upper deck seating, the ball nailed chair umpire Arnaud Gabas right in the eye. Take a look:

Shapovalov was automatically disqualified as the result of his reckless outburst. The disqualification eliminated Team Canada from the Davis Cup. Great Britian now moves on to face France in the quarterfinals.

Gabas suffered bruising and swelling around his eye and was taken to Ottawa General hospital as a precaution. The official Davis Cup twitter feed made sure to mention that Shapovalov was very apologetic to the injured umpire.

 

Shapovalov’s Davis Cup teammate Vasek Prospisil also took to Twitter to vouch for the teenager’s character:

Hopefully the kid will learn from this embarrassing mistake.

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Hat Tip – [Yahoo Sports]



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