‘Shut the fuck up’ – Denis Shapovalov in rude outburst at fans in heated row with officials at Italian Open

Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov argued with Italian Open officials and even insulted fans as he lost his temper.

Shapovalov faced home favorite Lorenzo Sonego in Rome on Monday and had a heated exchange with referee Richard Haigh.

Shapovalov let the fans step into his shoes at the Italian Open

The Canadian initially got a point after Sonego hit his return, before the referee overturned the decision on further inspection at the mark.

Shapovalov took issue with the mark used and scaled the net to make his point.

ATP rules say you can’t switch to an opponent’s side at any time during the match, which means they received a points penalty for a previous code violation.

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

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

Shapovalov: “I don’t do anything unsportsmanlike. How can you give me a penalty point for that?

'Shut the fuck up' - Denis Shapovalov in rude outburst at fans in heated row with officials at Italian Open
Shapovalov won his fiery match against Sonego in Rome

Haigh: “It’s just the rule.”

Shapovalov: “No, it’s not stupid. It is so unfair. Call the supervisor, I showed you the mark.

The Canadian made the same arguments to the supervisor, much to the annoyance of the crowd in Rome.

Amid the boos he received, Shapovalov shouted, “Shut up.” He then received a game penalty for his rude outburst.

He then asked for the spectator to be ejected, but the referee said he wouldn’t because he wasn’t sure what Shapovalov had seen.

The 2021 Wimbledon semi-finalist went on to explain in more detail what happened after going through 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3 against Sonego.

“He was just telling me to get off the pitch, get out of there, waving me off the pitch, obviously trying to get under my skin or whatever,” Shapovalov said at a news conference.

“I think the referee just has to keep an eye on it if a player mentions something.

“The reason why [the heckler] was not expelled because [the umpire] told me that he had not seen what had happened. It’s very understandable. I feel like he kept an eye on him after that. It didn’t bother me after that.

“I think in the NBA there’s a lot of hecklers and stuff like that. They’re pretty strict, security and stuff, that [the fans] don’t cross the line. If they do, they are expelled immediately.

“Obviously I think it’s kind of the heat of the moment. I just need to get better at managing myself about it,” he continued.

“But as far as moving forward, I’ve played in Roma many times. The fans love me here and I love the fans… Even after the game there were a lot of people standing there, waiting for pictures, stuff like that.

“I really enjoy the sport and the love I get here. I’m super excited to play another game – not against an Italian,” he joked.

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