Denis Shapovalov calls for tougher action against hooligans after fiery win at Italian Open

In the second set of his 7-6 3-6 6-3 victory over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in Rome, Shapovalov received a penalty after crossing the net to show the referee the mark on the court.

The incident caused hooting around the stadium, and Shapovalov briefly interrupted his exhortations with the referee to shout “shut the fuck up” in the direction of the fan.

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“He just told me to get off the court, get out of there, wave to me from the court. Obviously, he was trying to hurt me or something else, ”Shapovalov said at a press conference, Reuters reports.

“I think the referee should just keep an eye on him if a player mentions something.

“The reason why (the bully) wasn’t kicked out was because (the judge) told me he didn’t see what happened. This is very understandable. I feel like he followed him after that. what. “

Shapovalov, who will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the next round of the Italian Open, later apologized to the referee for losing his cool.

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He added that tennis could be more strict with hooligans and take the same approach as in the NBA.

“They’re pretty strict, the security and whatever (the fans) don’t cross the line. If they transfer, they are immediately kicked out,” Shapovalov said.