Denis Shapovalov first complained on Twitter when his second-round match against Fabio Fognini was moved from the Centre Court to Grandstand. The Canadian player then deleted the tweet, and in press conference he clarified about the topic. 'I just want to apologize to the fans and friends that weren't able to see me today,' Shapovalov explained. 'I just know how many friends wanted to come out today and how many fans were looking forward to seeing me on center court this week. And, unfortunately, with the rain delay, it got moved to grand stand. So it was a little bit disappointing, you know, just in that sense. But the crowd on grand stand, I think it helped me a lot because it was so ecstatic, so energetic because it's so compact, that it actually bothered Fognini quite a bit, especially toward the end. So it really worked in my favor, and I really enjoyed myself out there.'
Fognini said something towards Shapovalov at the changeover, and on Instagram Stories the Italian hinted at Shapovalov's behaviour writing: 'And they were complaining about me when I was 19 years old.' Shapovalov didn't really care about it: 'I'm not sure what he said. It was really loud. And unfortunately, I don't speak Italian yet, so maybe you guys can roll it back and have a slow motion. We'll see. I just told him if he has a problem, we can discuss it after. But, yeah, I just tried to stay focused.'