‘Shut the f*** up’ – Denis Shapovalov in foul-mouthed outburst at fans during heated row with officials at Italian Open

Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov got into a row with the officials at the Italian Open and even volleyed abuse at fans as he lost his cool.

Shapovalov was facing home favourite Lorenzo Sonego in Rome on Monday and got into a heated exchange with umpire Richard Haigh.


Shapovalov let the fans get under his skin at the Italian Open

The Canadian had initially been awarded a point after Sonego hit his return out, before the umpire overruled the decision on closer inspection at the mark.

Shapovalov contested the mark used and climbed over the net to make his point.

ATP rules state you cannot cross over to an opponents side at any point in the match, meaning he received a point penalty following an earlier code violation.

Haigh said: “I understand it was a kick serve, that’s the mark I had but I didn’t think it was that short. Denis, listen because you crossed the net you’re going to get another code violation. You can’t cross the net.”

Haigh added: “Listen, Denis, I know what you were doing.”

Shapovalov: “I’m not doing anything unsportsmanlike. How can you give me a point penalty for that?”


Shapovalov won his fiery match against Sonego in Rome

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