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Davis Cup umpire Arnaud Gabas undergoes surgery for broken eye socket after Denis Shapovalov outburst

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 12/02/2017 Rory Brigstock-Barron
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Davis Cup umpire Arnaud Gabas has undergone surgery on his broken left eye socket after being struck by a ball last weekend

The official was hit unintentionally by a ball smashed in anger by Canadian teenager Denish Shapovalov, who immediately defaulted the decisive tie in his country's deadlocked clash with Great Britain.

Gabas spent two hours in hospital after the match and x-rays later revealed a fracture of his orbital bone under his left eye.

But Gabas has already undergone surgery back in France and is now in recovery.

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"I would like to thank my doctors for their excellent support," he told the Davis Cup's official website. 

"The surgery way successful and I am now concentrating on rest and rehabilitation so I can be back on court in the near future.

"I would also like to express my sincere gratitude for all the messages of support I have received from around the world."

Shapovalov, who went back on court to express his sincere apologies to Gabas was handed a £5,600 fine by the ITF for the outburst, which the umpire said he feared could be more serious.

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"I went back and spoke to the umpire afterwards and apologised directly to him," said an emotional Shapovalov after the match.

"Luckily he was okay but obviously it's unacceptable behaviour from me. I feel incredibly ashamed and embarrassed and I just feel awful for letting my team down, for letting my country down, for acting in a way that I would never want to act.

"I can promise that's the last time I will do anything like that. I'm going to learn from this and try to move past it."

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