'Not doing your job': Young star loses the plot in ugly Australian Open meltdown

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Denis Shapovalov has produced the first big blow-up of the Australian Open, berating an umpire after being hit with a code violation.

The 13th seed was a picture of frustration in the opening round on Monday as unseeded Hungarian Martin Fucsovics pulled off a stunning boilover.

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After Fucsovics took an unlikely two sets to one lead, Shapovalov let out his frustrations with a huge racquet smash.

However he was even further incensed when the chair umpire hit him with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Denis Shapovalov went off at the umpire. Image: Getty

Shapovalov thought that because he hadn’t broken the racquet he shouldn’t have been hit with the violation.

"I didn't break it. If I break it, 100% code me,” Shapovalov yelled at the umpire.

“You're not doing your job. You're just finding reasons to code me".

It was apparently the third time Shapovalov had thrown his racquet in anger.

And it didn’t get any better for Shapovalov, crashing out 6-3 6-7(7) 6-1 7-6(3) in a huge upset.

Young Aussies go out in first round

Elsewhere, late-blooming Andrew Harris's grand slam debut has ended in a first-round loss to Italian No.8 seed Matteo Berrettini.

The 25-year-old son of former Australian Open quarter-finalist Anne Minter bowed out 6-3 6-1 6-3 on Monday.

Harris was awarded a wildcard to the Open after enjoying a career-best 2019 campaign which saw his ranking slashed from No.400 to 162.

Countryman John-Patrick Smith was also beaten in straight sets.

The 30-year-old wildcard playoff winner lost 6-3 7-5 6-4 to No.22 seed Guido Pella from Argentina.

Smith has now lost all six of his main-draw singles matches at the majors.

There are nine Australians in action on day one at Melbourne Park including women's world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, veteran Samantha Stosur and Davis Cup duo John Millman and Jordan Thompson.

with AAP