WATCH: Denis Shapovalov’s incredible sportsmanship during Benoit Paire clash

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019 | 0

Not that his tennis skills haven’t proved this, but if Denis Shapovalov display of sportsmanship is anything to go by, he sure is matured beyond his age.

The 20-year-old Canadian was playing against Frenchman Benoit Paire in the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 event in Lyon, when he won many a heart with his gesture.

One hour and 11 minutes into the contest, Shapovalov slipped while returning a serve from Paire. Even as he managed to return it before taking a tumble, the latter returned it long.

“Did I distract you?” Shapovalov asked after getting up.

“No, no, no,” Paire responded.

“You sure, man? We can replay the point.”

“No, no. Don’t worry.”

No wonder, the crowd gave a round of applause.

The battle went down to the wire, with local hope Paire eking out a 6-3 4-6 7-6 win. He is next scheduled to face American Taylor Fritz for a place in the final.

As for Shapovalov, he will now fly down to Paris for the prestigious French Open that gets under way next week. He will face Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the first round.

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