Friday May 13, 2022

Patrick Mouratoglou: Maybe the emotion of the moment got to Denis Shapovalov

Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou thinks the emotion of the moment got to Denis Shapovalov and that caused him to accuse chair umpire Carlos Bernardes of being corrupt. Shapovalov lost his cool on the court after chair umpire Bernardes failed to give a time violation to Rafael Nadal.

“You guys are all corrupt,” Shapovalov shouted. “Maybe the emotion of the moment got him and he went a bit far, but he means that most of the chair umpires struggle to treat everyone the same and I agree with that,” Mouratoglou tweeted.

Shapovalov lost but was calmer in the presser

Shapovalov recovered from two sets down to force a decider but Nadal won 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3. After the match, Shapovalov explained the controversial moment. “I think I misspoke when I said he’s corrupt or whatever I said – it’s definitely emotional but I do stand by my side,” he told reporters.

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“I think it’s unfair how much Rafa is getting away with. “I’m completely ready to play and the clock is ticking 3, 2, 1, clicking towards zero, and I’m looking at the ump, and obviously I’m going to speak up and say something.

I’ve been ready to play for a minute and a half, and he tells me he’s not going to give him a code violation because I’m not ready to play. To me, it’s a big joke if somebody says that. “And then after the fourth set, I mean, the guy goes — and for the same thing last year I wasn’t allowed to take a toilet break when I asked for a medical.

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He had already taken two medicals. He was getting medically evaluated, that’s what the ump said after the fourth set, getting medically evaluated, and after the evaluation the guy goes and takes a toilet break. “It’s like, where is the line? Where are you going to step on the players and say, ‘Okay’? And again, I respect everything that Rafa has done and I think he’s an unbelievable player.

But, you know, there’s got to be some boundaries, some rules set. It’s just so frustrating as a player. You feel like you’re not just playing against the player; you’re playing against the umpires, you’re playing against so much more.”


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