Shapovalov fined for hitting umpire in the eye

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has been fined $7,000 for hitting an umpire in the eye with a ball.

The incident happened during Canada’s Davis Cup tie against Great Britain, when 17-year-old was trailing Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-4 2-1. The tie was poised at 2-2, and Edmund and Shapovalov were participating in the decider.

Shapovalov struck the ball in anger and hit Arnaud Gabas to default the match.

The International Tennis Federation has now ordered him to pay $2,000 for the default and $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

They added that no further action is anticipated.

Shapovalov said the incident was accidental and that he feels “incredibly ashamed and embarrassed”.

“I just feel awful for letting my team down, for letting my country down, for acting in a way that I would never want to act,” he added.

“I can promise that’s the last time I will do anything like that. I’m going to learn from this and try to move past it.”

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