‘You guys are all corrupt’: Denis Shapovalov fumes at chair umpire for giving more time to Rafael Nadal in their Australian Open quarterfinal

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 12:50 PM IST
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Nadal and Shapovalov | Photo: AFP

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is known to take time between points. His Australian Open quarterfinal opponent, Canadian Dennis Shapovalov wasn’t having any of it. Only this time, it wasn’t really Nadal’s fault.

After losing the first set 6-3, Shapovalov was involved in a heated moment with the chair umpire Carlos Bernardes.

Shapovalov complained to Bernardes that Nadal was taking too much time. The 22-year-old said, “He just takes so long, I was ready to serve”, before pleading to the umpire to give the Spaniard some warning. That was not all. He made a serious allegation, saying, “You guys are all corrupt.”

The umpire, who was at no fault, told off Shapovalov saying, “Why you look at me? There are eight seconds to play, what do you want?”

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