“Bring Me the Rule Book”: Karen Khachanov Furious After Receiving Point Penalty for Saying “Sh*t”

In an all-Russian battle against Aslan Karatsev at the National Bank Open 2021, Karen Khachanov found himself in an unusual fix. Notably, he received a code violation and point penalty because he exclaimed “sh*t” in Spanish. Afterwards, he ensued in a lengthy debate over the decision made.

Funnily enough, the 25-year-old tirelessly tried to explain his intentions behind the word. However, the supervisor, Gerry Armstrong, did not flicker and stayed with the chair umpire’s call. It all happened because the apparently “bad word” was heard clearly on TV.

today in tennis, Russian Karen Khachanov has taken exception for getting a penalty for saying “shit.”

“What do you mean it’s a bad word? So if you go to the toilet, if you go to shit, it’s a bad word? It isn’t. And how do you say it another way?” pic.twitter.com/zxgKt6b6gk

— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) August 11, 2021

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Karen Khachanov engages in a verbal battle with the supervisor at National Bank Open

At 7-6, 0-1* (40-40), Khachanov missed an easy shot and shouted, “mierda.” Immediately, the chair gave him a code violation and point penalty, which brought him to face a break point.

Furious at the decision, the recently crowned silver medalist in Tokyo argued over his intentions behind the words. “I will not continue until the supervisor will show me the rulebook. Tell to Gerry to bring me the rulebook,” Khachanov said.

Aug 11, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Karen Khachanov of Russia plays a shot against Aslan Karatsev of Russia in third round play in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the Russian insisted, “How do you say I have to go to sh*t?” and “For this word, I never never never in my career get a violation.” However, the supervisor, who heard and appreciated the argument, informed Khachanov that the decision would stand.

Gerry Armstrong came and explaining Karen that he shouldn’t say this word on TV.
“For this word I never never never in my career get a violation”

— Dmitry Shakhov (@Shahovez) August 11, 2021

Gerry tells that he can’t overturn it and anyway Karen did say bad word on TV. They will continue.
By the way when all this was happening Aslan was not taking any part in that conversation. He looked like he can’t care less.

— Dmitry Shakhov (@Shahovez) August 11, 2021

Indeed, the former World No.8 could not wrap his mind around the call. Therefore, he went to fight until he had nothing left to say.

My best attempt at relaying the SHITgate in Khachanov’s match verbatim. Because yeah… pic.twitter.com/t9GEyavp8p

— Oleg S. (@AnnaK_4ever) August 11, 2021

During this, Aslan Karatsev watched over them with no care. Eventually, because of the point penalty, Khachanov lost that game to give his opponent a 0-2 lead in the second.

But ultimately, Khachanov recovered in the next game and then closed the match in straight sets. He won 7-6(7), 6-4.

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Who will Khachanov play next in Toronto?

After the drama-filled second-round match, Khachanov moved into the last 16 left in Toronto. As per the draw, he will next face third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the National Bank Open (previously Rogers Cup) quarterfinals.

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates his win over Ugo Humbert of France (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

All in all, the Russian has a considerable opportunity to go deep in yet another tournament. However, it will be interesting to see whether he can withstand the fury of the Greek God.

Who do you think will go further in Toronto?

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