referring to “I feel quite lucky it wasn’t worse.”
Chair umpire Arnaud Gabas, who was hit by a ball smashed by Denis Shapovalov during Davis Cup play this past weekend, says he is lucky that he didn’t suffer a serious injury.
The incident led to Shapovalov being defaulted and a trip to the hospital for Gabas, but no significant damage to the eye was found.
The International Tennis Federation ruled that Shapovalov “did not intend” to hit the umpire.
He described Shapovalov as appearing “shocked” when the Canadian player came to him to apologize again for the angry demonstration.
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Arnaud Gabas feels lucky to have avoided serious injury after Denis Shapovalov incident
Arnaud Gabas feels lucky to have avoided serious injury after Denis Shapovalov incidentArnaud Gabas after being hit in the face by a ball smashed angrily by Denis ShapovalovTennis umpire Arnaud Gabas feels lucky to have avoided serious injury after being hit by a ball Denis Shapovalov struck in anger on Sunday.
Umpire Arnaud GabasShapovalov said: “Luckily he was okay but obviously it’s unacceptable behaviour from me.
WATCH: Shapovalov accidentally hit umpire Gabas with the ball!
“At the moment I’m OK, I’m on painkillers but I have an appointment to see a specialist when I get home.”
Shapovalov looks remorseful following the incident in the Davis Cup match involving Canada and Great Britian”The video is quite shocking to look at.
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Umpire hit by Denis Shapovalov escapes serious injury
Umpire Arnaud Gabas feels fortunate to have escaped a more serious injury after being hit in the eye by a tennis ball struck by Denis Shapovalov.
Teenager Shapovalov inadvertently hit Gabas when he smashed a ball in frustration during Sunday’s match against Kyle Edmund, in the deciding rubber of Canada’s Davis Cup tie with Great Britain.
Shapovalov was defaulted after accidentally hitting the umpire in the face with the tennis ballFrenchman Gabas said he felt lucky to escape a more serious injury after being hit in the eye’Players can be a bit crazy these days.
I could see he was angry and that something was coming but I never thought he would hit me.’
Arnaud Gabas was hit in the eye after Denis Shapovalov struck the ball in his directionGabas applies ice to his bruised face after being hit by the ball but escaped serious damageHe was quoted as saying in several national newspapers: ‘I came off the court looking like Rocky Balboa.
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