Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov (/ˌʃɑːpəˈvɑːləv, -ləf/ SHAH-pə-VAH-ləv, -ləf;[2] Hebrew: דניס שפובלוב‎; Russian: Денис Викторович Шаповалов [ʂəpɐˈvaɫəf]; born April 15, 1999) is a Canadian professional tennis player. He is currently the youngest player in the top 100 of the ATP rankings, and was the youngest to crack the top 30 since 2005.[3] His career-high ATP singles ranking is No. 23 in the world.

Shapovalov rose to prominence by reaching a Masters semifinal at the 2017 Canadian Open as an 18-year-old, beating grand slam champions Juan Martín del Potro and Rafael Nadal during his run.[4] He has since reached another Masters semifinal at the 2018 Madrid Open and became the top-ranked Canadian on May 21st as part of his ongoing climb in the ATP rankings.[5]

As a junior, Shapovalov reached a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 2 behind a Wimbledon grand slam singles title in 2016, and a US Open grand slam doubles title with compatriot Félix Auger-Aliassime in 2015.[6][7][8]

Denis Shapovalov
Shapovalov WM17 (14) (35379247153)
Country (sports)  Canada
Residence Nassau, Bahamas
Born April 15, 1999 (age 19)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2017
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach Martin Laurendeau
Tessa Shapovalova[1]
Prize money US$1,658,403
Career record 32–30 (51.61%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 23 (June 11, 2018)
Current ranking No. 25 (2 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2018)
French Open 2R (2018)
Wimbledon 2R (2018)
US Open 4R (2017)
Career record 3–7 (30%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 444 (April 30, 2018)
Current ranking No. 453 (June 18, 2018)
Team competitions
Davis Cup 1R (2017, 2018)
Last updated on: June 18, 2018.

Early life

Shapovalov was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, the son of Tessa and Viktor Shapovalov.[9] His parents were Russian-Israeli citizens. His mother is Jewish,[10][11][12] and his father is a Russian Eastern Orthodox Christian.[13][14] Shapovalov has one sibling, his older brother Evgeniy, who was also born in Israel.[15]

The family moved from Israel to Canada before Denis's first birthday.[16][17] He then lived in Vaughan, Ontario.[6] He started to play tennis at the club where his mother was coaching when he was five years old. His mother, Tessa, opened her own tennis club in Vaughan, named TessaTennis, to help give him a home base to train and to teach the game to other juniors. She is still his coach, along with Martin Laurendeau.[18][19] Shapovalov attended Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Vaughan.[20] He is nicknamed "Shapo".[1]

Shapovalov is fluent in Russian. He gave his first interview in Russian to Russian Eurosport commentators.[21][22] He now lives in Nassau, Bahamas.[23] He plays for Canada, but holds both Israeli and Canadian citizenships.[24]

Tennis career


When Shapovalov was 13, his training needs were too much for his mother to handle on her own. It was at this point that the family hired Adriano Fuorivia, a former manager of tennis development for Tennis Canada, to be his personal coach and travel with Shapovalov while his parents stayed home to run the academy.[25] The relationship between Shapovalov and Adriano lasted four years, and included numerous junior and ITF futures titles, including the 2015 US Open Junior Doubles title and the 2016 Wimbledon Junior Singles title.[26] In October 2013, Shapovalov won his first junior singles title at the ITF G5 in Burlington, Ontario.[27] He captured his second singles title in April 2014 at the ITF G5 in Burlington.[28] In July 2014, Shapovalov won the singles and doubles titles at the ITF G4 in San José.[29] At the US Open in September 2015, he qualified in singles and made it to the third round for his second straight Grand Slam. In doubles, he won the title with partner Félix Auger-Aliassime.[8] In October 2015, Shapovalov and fellow Canadians Félix Auger-Aliassime and Benjamin Sigouin captured the first Junior Davis Cup title for Canada in its history.[30] At the French Open in May 2016, he advanced to the semifinals in singles and to the second round in doubles.[31] At the beginning of July 2016, he captured his first G1 singles title after winning in Roehampton.[32] A week later, Shapovalov became the third Canadian to win a junior Grand Slam singles title with a three-set victory over Alex De Minaur at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. He also reached the doubles final with Félix Auger-Aliassime.[33]

As a junior, he compiled a singles win/loss record of 86–32.[34]

Junior Grand Slam results - Singles:

Australian Open: 2R (2015)
French Open: SF (2016)
Wimbledon: W (2016)
US Open: 3R (2015)

Junior Grand Slam results - Doubles:

Australian Open: 1R (2015)
French Open: 2R (2016)
Wimbledon: F (2016)
US Open: W (2015)

2015–16: Early years

In late November 2015, Shapovalov won his first professional doubles title at the ITF Futures in Pensacola.[35] In January 2016, he reached the doubles final at the ITF Futures in Sunrise.[36] A week later, he captured his first professional singles title with a straight-set victory over Pedro Sakamoto at the ITF Futures in Weston.[37] In March 2016, he reached the semifinals of the Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville, beating his first top 100 player in Austin Krajicek before losing to Daniel Evans in three sets.[38]

In April 2016, Shapovalov won his second and third singles titles after defeating world No. 286 Tennys Sandgren at the ITF 25K in Memphis and winning the ITF 10K in Orange Park over Miomir Kecmanović two weeks later.[39] He also won the doubles title in Orange Park.[40] In July 2016, Shapovalov was awarded a wildcard for the tournament in Washington, his first ATP main draw appearance. He was defeated by Lukáš Lacko in three sets.[41] Shapovalov then was awarded a wildcard for the 2016 Rogers Cup the next week. In the first round he upset world No. 19 Nick Kyrgios, beating him in three sets to win his first tour level match.[42] He was defeated by No. 40 Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the next round.[43]

2017: Masters 1000 semifinal and top 50 debut

In February 2017, Shapovalov was selected to play for the Canada Davis Cup team in the World Group 1st round tie against Great Britain, and lost his opener to Dan Evans. In the deciding rubber against Kyle Edmund, he hit the match umpire, Arnaud Gabas, in the eye after launching a ball aimlessly towards the crowd in anger after dropping serve in the opening stages of the third set, leading to immediate disqualification for unsportsmanlike behavior, and resulting in defaulting the match and tie as a consequence.[44]

In March in Gatineau, Shapovalov captured his fourth ITF Futures singles title after defeating Gleb Sakharov in straight sets.[45] Two weeks later, he won his first ATP Challenger title with a victory over Ruben Bemelmans at the 75K in Drummondville, and was the youngest Canadian to win a Challenger until Félix Auger-Aliassime's victory at the Open Sopra Steria de Lyon later in the year.[46] The next week, he was defeated by Mirza Bašić in the final of the ATP Challenger 50K in Guadalajara, stopping his winning streak at 17 matches.[47] At the French Open in May, his first professional Grand Slam, he was defeated in the first round of qualifying by the first seed Marius Copil in three sets.[48] In June, Shapovalov qualified for the ATP 500 at the Queen's Club Championships, his fourth ATP main draw but his first as a qualifier. In the first round, he defeated his second top 50 player, world No. 47 Kyle Edmund, before losing to world No. 14 Tomáš Berdych.[49] At Wimbledon in July, Shapovalov was awarded a wild card for the main draw.[50] He was defeated by Jerzy Janowicz in the opening round.[51] At the end of the month, he won his second ATP Challenger title, defeating compatriot Peter Polansky in the final of the 75K in Gatineau.[52]

Shapovalov experienced a significant breakthrough in August at the Rogers Cup when he defeated world No. 31 Juan Martín del Potro in the second round and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the next round, which was his first-ever match against a top 10 player.[53] He went on to defeat world No. 42 Adrian Mannarino in the quarterfinals before bowing out to world No. 8 Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, thus becoming the youngest player ever to reach an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal.[54][4]

Despite his achievements at the Rogers Cup, Shapovalov had to qualify to enter the main draw of the US Open. In the qualifying rounds, he defeated Denis Kudla, Gastão Elias, and Jan Šátral. In the main draw, Shapovalov defeated Daniil Medvedev in the first round, then No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second. He reached the fourth round by defeating Kyle Edmund in four sets, becoming the youngest player to reach the fourth round since Michael Chang in 1989.[55] He was defeated by world No. 19 Pablo Carreño Busta in the fourth round, after which he reached his career-high ATP ranking of 51.[56] Shapovalov was offered a wild card to the main draw of the Shanghai Masters in October where he lost in the first round to Viktor Troicki in three sets.[57][58] He also lost in the first round of the Paris Masters two weeks later to Julien Benneteau.[59] In November, Shapovalov competed in the inaugural Next Generation ATP Finals along with seven other top singles players aged 21 and under. Seeded third, Shapovalov finished third in his Group with a record of one win and two losses in round robin play, which was not enough to qualify for the semifinals.[60]

2018: Continued improvement and entering the top 30

Shapovalov began his 2018 season at the Brisbane International, where he lost in the first round in both singles, to Kyle Edmund, and doubles, to eventual winners Henri Kontinen and John Peers.[61] At the ASB Classic, he defeated Rogério Dutra Silva in the opening round but was knocked out in the second round to second seed Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets.[62] At the Australian Open, Shapovalov won his first round match over Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, but lost in the next round to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets despite leading Tsonga 5–2 in the deciding set.[63]

Shapovalov then made his debut at the Delray Beach Open where he reached the semifinals. He defeated Ivo Karlović, Jared Donaldson, and Taylor Fritz in the first three rounds, before falling to eventual champion Frances Tiafoe.[64] The next week at the Mexican Open, Shapovalov defeated former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori in three sets in the first round but lost to world No. 6 Dominic Thiem in the second round.[65] Shapovalov started his March campaign making his debut at Indian Wells, defeating qualifier Ričardas Berankis in the opening round. He lost however to 30th seed Pablo Cuevas in the second round.[66] At the Miami Open, he defeated Viktor Troicki, world No. 30 Damir Džumhur, and world No. 14 Sam Querrey in the first three rounds. He was defeated by Borna Ćorić in the fourth round.[67]

Shapovalov started off his maiden clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he lost in straight sets to qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round.[68] At his second clay court tournament, the Hungarian Open, he once again lost in the first round, this time to Nikoloz Basilashvili.[69] At the Madrid Open, he defeated Tennys Sandgren and Benoît Paire, before knocking out compatriot Milos Raonic to reach the quarterfinals. He then defeated Kyle Edmund to become the youngest semifinalist in Madrid Open history.[70] He subsequently lost in straight sets to world No. 3 and eventual champion Alexander Zverev.[71] Shapovalov's victories here were his first on a clay surface and propelled him to the ATP Top 30 for the first time in his career.[72] He became the youngest top-30 player since Richard Gasquet in 2005.[3] The following week at the Italian Open, Shapovalov beat Tomáš Berdych in three sets and Robin Haase also in three sets to set up a rematch with Rafael Nadal in the third round.[73] With the win over Berdych, he became Canada's new number one in singles.[5] He was defeated by Nadal in straight sets.[74] Shapovalov continued the momentum at the French Open defeating John Millman in straight sets in the first round, but lost to Maximilian Marterer in the next round.[75]

Shapovalov next entered the Stuttgart Open, his first tournament of the season on grass, but lost in the first round to qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran.[76] The next week at the Queen's Club Championships, he lost again in the opening round this time to Gilles Müller.[77] Despite the struggles, Shapovalov entered the Eastbourne Championships. Seeded third, he defeated Jared Donaldson in his second round matchup only to lose to Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals.[78] In his first ever appearance at Wimbledon, Shapovalov won his first round match by defeating Jeremy Chardy, but lost to Benoit Paire in the next round after taking the first set 6-0[79].

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 7 (6 titles, 1 runner-up)

ATP Challenger Tour (2–1)
ITF Futures (4–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2016 USA F5, Weston Futures Clay Brazil Pedro Sakamoto 7–6(7–2), 6–3
Win 2–0 Apr 2016 USA F12, Memphis Futures Hard United States Tennys Sandgren 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–4)
Win 3–0 Apr 2016 USA F14, Orange Park Futures Clay Serbia Miomir Kecmanović 7–5, 2–6, 7–6(8–6)
Win 4–0 Mar 2017 Canada F1, Gatineau Futures Hard (i) France Gleb Sakharov 6–2, 6–4
Win 5–0 Mar 2017 Drummondville, Canada Challenger Hard (i) Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 6–3, 6–2
Loss 5–1 Mar 2017 Guadalajara, Mexico Challenger Hard Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Bašić 4–6, 4–6
Win 6–1 Jul 2017 Gatineau, Canada Challenger Hard Canada Peter Polansky 6–1, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures (2–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2015 USA F33, Pensacola Futures Clay Hungary Péter Nagy United States Christopher Ephron
Brazil Bruno Savi
6–3, 6–2
Loss 1–1 Jan 2016 USA F4, Sunrise Futures Clay Hungary Péter Nagy Sweden Isak Arvidsson
Japan Kaichi Uchida
4–6, 4–6
Win 2–1 Apr 2016 USA F14, Orange Park Futures Clay Hungary Péter Nagy Philippines Ruben Gonzales
United States Dennis Nevolo
6–2, 6–3

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2016 Wimbledon Grass Australia Alex De Minaur 4–6, 6–1, 6–3

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2015 US Open Hard Canada Félix Auger-Aliassime United States Brandon Holt
United States Riley Smith
7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 2016 Wimbledon Grass Canada Félix Auger-Aliassime Estonia Kenneth Raisma
Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas
6–4, 4–6, 2–6

Singles performance timeline


This table is current through the 2018 Queen's Club Championships.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
French Open A A Q1 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Wimbledon A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A A 4R 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–2 2–2 0 / 4 5–4 56%
National Representation
Davis Cup A PO 1R 1R 0 / 2 4–3 57%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Miami Open A A A 4R 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Madrid Open A A A SF 0 / 1 4–1 80%
Italian Open A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Canadian Open A 2R SF 0 / 2 5–2 71%
Cincinnati Masters A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Paris Masters A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 4–3 10–5 0 / 9 15–9 63%
Career Statistics
2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments 0 2 10 14 26
Titles 0 0 0 0 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 0
Hardcourt Win–Loss 0–0 2–2 11–11 10–7 0 / 17 23–20 53%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 8–6 0 / 5 8–6 57%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 2–2 12–13 18–15 0 / 26 32–30 52%
Win % 50% 48% 55% 51.61%
Year-End Ranking 1162 250 51 $1,648,595

Wins over top-10 opponents

Shapovalov has a 1–4 (20%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.[80][81]

Wins over top-10 opponents per season
Season 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Wins 0 0 1 0 1
No. Opponent Rank Event Surface Round Score Shapovalov
1. Spain Rafael Nadal 2 Montreal, Canada Hard 3R 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4) 143

National representation

Davis Cup (4–3)

Group membership
World Group (1–3)
WG Play-offs (3–0)
Group I (0–0)
Matches by surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Matches by type
Singles (4–3)
Doubles (0–0)
Matches by venue
Canada (3–2)
Away (1–1)
Group Rd Date Opponent nation Score Venue Surface Match Opponent player(s) W–L Rubber score
WG PO Sep 2016  Chile 5–0 Halifax Hard (i) Singles 4 (dead) Christian Garín Win 7–6(7–5), 6–4
WG 1R Feb 2017  Great Britain 2–3 Ottawa Hard (i) Singles 1 Dan Evans Loss 3–6, 3–6, 4–6
Singles 5 (decider) Kyle Edmund Loss 3–6, 4–6, 1–2 def.[44]
WG PO Sep 2017  India 3–2 Edmonton Hard (i) Singles 2 Yuki Bhambri Win 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–7(6–8), 4–6, 6–1
Singles 4 Ramkumar Ramanathan Win 6–3, 7–6(7–1), 6–3
WG 1R Feb 2018  Croatia 1–3 Osijek Clay (i) Singles 1 Viktor Galović Win 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
Singles 4 Borna Ćorić Loss 4–6, 4–6, 4–6


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