Davis Cup: Tennis player disqualified after hitting ball into umpire

Teenaged Canadian Davis Cup tennis player Denis Shapovalov has been defaulted for hitting the chair umpire in the face with a ball, sending his team to defeat against Great Britain in Ottawa.

Shapovalov, age 17, lost his cool after Kyle Edmund broke his serve to lead 6-3 6-4 2-1 in the deciding match. While he did not mean to hit Arnaud Gabas, refereee Brian Earley had no option but to end the match with a default call which sent Britain into the quarter-finals against France.

"It was a strange way to finish," said Edmund. British captain Leon Smith said: "I feel for the young lad. He's a great talent and he's learned a harsh lesson today."



Canada's Denis Shapovalov. Photo / AP
Canada's Denis Shapovalov. Photo / AP
Umpire Arnaud Gabas, of France, holds ice as his eye begins to swell. Photo / AP
Umpire Arnaud Gabas, of France, holds ice as his eye begins to swell. Photo / AP

- NZ Herald

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