‘Shut the F*** Up’ – Denis Shapovalov Yells at Crowd, Gets Point Penalty at Italian Open 2022

Published 05/09/2022, 11:21 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2022 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov reacts during his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Today, at the Italian Open, the crowd saw one of the heated matches between Canadian tennis player, Denis Shapovalov, and the Italian tennis star, Lorenzo Sonego. After winning the first set in a tie-breaker, Shapovalov dramatically lost the second set. While serving at 3-4, he had a massive dispute with the chair umpire over a line call. However, he then called the supervisor and vented his frustration at the crowd for booing him.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2022 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov reacts during his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Denis Shapovalov lost his cool during his match against Lorenzo Sonego at the Italian Open

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The Canadian tennis player was serving at 3-4 while it was deuce. Then, the line judge called out during the second serve, which prompted Shapovalov to cross the net to show the chair umpire about that line. However, the chair umpire didn’t listen to him and gave him a point penalty. As a result, he lost that game and eventually lost the second set to Sonego.

However, he could not accept the decision made by the chair umpire. He said to the umpire, “I was just showing you the mark.”

In reply, the umpire said, “That’s just the rule.”

“No, it’s not, it’s stupid,” Denis further said.

The drama didn’t stop there, as he complained to the chair umpire about a member of the crowd. In reply, the umpire said, “I’m not gonna kick him out because I didn’t see what he was doing. I saw you talking to him and you incited it a little bit. I understand you’re frustrated.”

As the Canadian tennis player was talking to the supervisor, the crowd booed him heavily. Then, he shouted at the crowd by saying, “shut the f*** up.”

Despite his frustration, he composed himself and won the third set by 6-3 to win the match.

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Shapovalov’s famous altercation against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open

In the quarter-final match at the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal, Shapovalov had a frustrating time. First, he complained to the chair umpire about Rafa taking too much time between points. Then he called the chair umpire ‘corrupt’. Then, Rafa had to walk to the net to have a conversation with him.

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In the Indian Wells, he also had a meltdown moment while playing doubles with Rohan Bopanna. In one way or another, this has not been a great year for Shapovalov, in terms of his on-court antics.

Watch This Story: War of words between Denis Shapovalov and Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2022

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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