Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov misplaced his cool on the Italian Open, shouting “shut up” to followers as a refrain of boos descended upon him.
The 23-year-old performed towards Italian Lorenzo Sonego within the first spherical of the Open in Rome on Monday.
Shapovalov was trailing 3-4 within the second set when he went over the web to check a ball in Sonego’s half and was penalized.
The Canadian started arguing the rule violation with umpire Richard Haigh when the hometown crowd began booing him. Shapovalov rapidly deserted the referee to direct a message on the crowd.
“Shut up!” Shapovalov tied the rope.
Richmond Hill, Ont., Indigenous gained the 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 marathon in just below three hours and 11 minutes.
He went on to apologize to Haigh after the sport.
–with a file from the Related Press