(CNN)Canadian tennis prima Denis Shapovalov has called for the athletics to instrumentality a tougher stance against hecklers successful the assemblage aft helium was goaded by a spectator astatine the Italian Open connected Monday.
During the 2nd acceptable of his 7-6 3-6 6-3 triumph against Italy's Lorenzo Sonego successful Rome, Shapovalov was handed a constituent punishment aft helium crossed the nett to amusement the umpire a shot marking connected the court.
The incidental prompted boos to ringing astir the stadium, and Shapovalov concisely broke disconnected his remonstrations with the umpire to outcry "shut the f**k up" towards a fan.
"He was conscionable telling maine to get disconnected the court, get retired of there, waving maine disconnected the court. Trying to evidently get nether my tegument oregon whatnot," Shapovalov told a property league according to Reuters.
"I deliberation the umpire conscionable needs to support an oculus connected it if a subordinate mentions something.
"The crushed wherefore (the heckler) didn't get kicked retired was due to the fact that (the umpire) told maine helium didn't spot what happened. That's precise understandable. I consciousness similar helium kept an oculus connected him aft that. It didn't fuss maine aft that."
Shapovalov, who volition look Nikoloz Basilashvili successful the adjacent circular of the Italian Open, aboriginal apologized to the umpire for losing his cool.
He added that tennis could beryllium stricter towards hecklers and instrumentality a akin attack to the NBA.
"They're beauteous strict, the information and everything, that (fans) don't transverse the line. If they do, they're kicked retired close away," Shapovalov said.