Canadian Tennis Player Disqualified from Davis Cup After Drilling Umpire in Face with Ball (Video)
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.
Denis Shapovalov sought out Mr Gabas in the referee’s office where he was being attended and apologised. (2/2)
— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) February 5, 2017
Shapovalov’s Davis Cup teammate Vasek Prospisil also took to Twitter to vouch for the teenager’s character:
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
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) February 5, 2017
Hopefully the kid will learn from this embarrassing mistake.
Hat Tip – [Yahoo Sports]