Shapovalov insults the crowd during his first round in Rome

Denis Shapovalov did not wait long to be talked about at Foro Italico. If he qualified for the second round by disposing of the local Lorenzo Sonego on Monday (7-6, 3-6, 6-3) Monday, the 23-year-old Canadian got carried away against the public during the second sleeve.

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At the origin of the conflict, a second ball from Shapovalov announced a foul by the referee, at 4-3 40A, then offering a break point to his opponent. Convinced of the error of the chair umpire Richard Haigh, the 16th player in the world crossed the net (which is prohibited by the regulations) to contest the mark. After having previously received a warning, he was logically sanctioned with a penalty point, offering the game to Sonego (5-3). Booed by the public after challenging this decision against him, the Canadian completely unpinned, vulgarly asking the public to be quiet.

A few seconds later, the latter even complained that a spectator had challenged him in the stands. An incident that was not sanctioned by the chair umpire, who claimed not to have seen what had happened. A decidedly eventful first round for Denis Shapovalov, who nevertheless ended up finding the keys to win in three sets, and qualify for the second round. Once the handshake with his opponent was over, the Canadian apologized to the referee.

In the second round, Shapovalov will be opposed to the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (25th), scorer in two sets (7-6 [2]6-2) from Dan Evans (33rd).


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