Last weekend’s first-round Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and Canada could not have ended in more bizarre fashion. In the decisive fifth rubber, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov was defaulted in the third set for smacking a ball in frustration that torpedoed right into the chair umpire’s eye.
Shapovalov trailed Kyle Edmund by two sets to love and had just been broken at 1-1 in the third. The 17-year-old clearly had no intention of hitting umpire Arnaud Gabas, but Gabas proved to be the ball’s target.
Shapovalov gets defaulted:
“I went back and spoke to the [umpire] and apologized directly to him,” Shapovalov said. “Luckily he’s OK, but obviously it’s just unacceptable behavior from me. To be honest, I just feel incredibly ashamed and embarrassed and I just feel awful for letting my team down and my country down for acting a way that I would never want to act. I can promise that that’s the last time I will do anything like that.”