Canada Loses to Britain in Davis Cup When Umpire Is Hit in Eye


Arnaud Gabas, a French umpire, after being hit by a ball during a first-round Davis Cup match between Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Sunday.

Justin Tang/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press

OTTAWA — Britain advanced to a Davis Cup quarterfinal matchup against France in odd fashion on Sunday after the deciding singles match ended when Denis Shapovalov of Canada hit the umpire in the face with a ball.

Shapovalov, a 17-year-old Israeli-born Canadian, was defaulted as a result, handing Britain’s Kyle Edmund a 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 victory after 78 minutes. That gave Britain a 3-2 victory in the first-round matchup in Ottawa.

“It was a strange way to finish,” Edmund said. “I’ve never been part of something like that.”

The BBC reported that Shapovalov angrily hit a ball off the court after he struck a forehand wide. The ball hit the umpire Arnaud Gabas and bruised his eye. The team captains and the match referee were told the match was over, and the crowd was informed while Shapovalov teared up.

“Obviously a bit of a surprise what…

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