Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov had a small heated moment with the crowd during his first-round match at the Rome Masters. He played home favorite Lorenzo Sonego in front of a packed Italian crowd, who were obviously cheering for Sonego. Shapovalov got into an argument with the referee over a ball mark and while he was arguing with him, the crowd booed him.
Losing his cool, the Canadian yelled at the crowd: “Shut up, damn it!” He won the match 7-6(5),3-6,6-3 and later spoke at length about the incident in the press conference. He said that a certain bystander kept shouting at him and crossing the line, so he snapped at him in the heat of the moment.
“He just told me to get off the seat, get out there, wave me off the seat and obviously try to get under my skin or something.” said Shapovalov.
He said he reported the same thing to the referee, but the referee didn’t see the spectator’s heckling and therefore couldn’t throw him out. He added that referees should be more considerate of players’ statements and take appropriate action.
“I think the referee just has to keep an eye on when a player mentions something. The reason why [the heckler] wasn’t kicked out because [the umpire] told me he didn’t see what happened. That’s very understandable. I have a feeling he kept an eye on him after that. After that it didn’t bother me anymore.” he said.
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Shapovalov then gave the example of the NBA, where there are many more hecklers, but safety ensures they don’t interfere with a swing. He also said he needs to improve the way he treats himself.
“I think in the NBA there’s a lot of heckling and stuff like that. They’re pretty strict about security and all that [the fans] don’t cross the line. If they do, they will be thrown out immediately. Obviously I think it’s kind of the heat of the moment. I just need to improve to deal with it.” he said.
He then clarified that he has no awkward feelings towards the Roman fans as he feels very loved in the Italian capital.
“But in terms of the future, I’ve played in Rome many times. The fans love me here and I love the fans… Even after the game, a lot of people stood there waiting for pictures and things like that. I really appreciate the sport and the love I get here. I’m really looking forward to another match – not against an Italian”, he joked.
Shapovalov is now in the round of 16 of the Italian Open after a convincing win over Nikoloz Basilashvili and will now meet either John Isner or Rafael Nadal.
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