As it stated in London, Feb 8: French umpire Arnaud Gabas says he was lucky to avoid serious injury after being hit in the face by a ball smashed by Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.
“At the moment I’m OK, I’m on painkillers but I have an appointment to see a specialist when I get home.”
“I feel quite lucky it wasn’t worse.
Gabas was taken to hospital in Ottawa as a precaution after being left with bruising and swelling around his left eye.
“I could see he was angry and that something was coming but I never thought he would hit me.”
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referring to Think of how a kid with a black eye would play at Wimbledon or a chair umpire with a bloody nose at the U.S. Open?
It all happened in a Davis Cup tie when 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov hit an unforced error to hand opponent Kyle Edmund a break.
Umpire Arnaud Gabas immediately had swelling and bruising under his eye and was eventually taken to an Ottawa hospital for evaluation.
The laws of probability dictated that it wouldn’t be long before someone was put in danger by a tennis ball that wasn’t aimed and hit with force by a professional.
Annoyed, Shapovalov then took an extra ball from his pocket and slapped it away, as hundreds of players have done over the years.
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