Denis Shapovalov is a Canadian professional tennis player. He is a former Wimbledon semi-finalist and has been ranked as high as world number 10.
Name: Denis Shapovalov
Born: April 15, 1999
Turned Pro: 2017
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Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel on the 15th of April, 1999 to a former Soviet tennis player mother, Tessa Shapovalova, Denis Shapovalov represents Canada as he and his family moved there before his first birthday.
As a junior Shapovalov won a number of titles including the 2015 US Open Junior Doubles title and the 2016 Wimbledon Junior Singles title.
Turning professional in 2017, Shapovalov won his first ATP Challenger title at the 75K in Drummondville in March of that year. At the 2017 Wimbledon Championships Shapovalov made his senior Grand Slam debut however he was beaten in the first round by Jerzy Janowicz.
His first Grand Slam victory came at the 2017 US Open when he upset Daniil Medvedev in the first round. He would then follow that up with a straight-set win over eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before Kyle Edmund had to withdraw during their third-round encounter meaning Shapovalov would advance to the last 16. In a hard-fought battle, the Canadian would fall to a three-set defeat in which each set went to a tiebreak against Pablo Carreño Busta.
Continued progress from Shapovalov in 2018 including becoming the youngest semifinalist in Madrid Open history saw the Canadian break into the world's top 30 for the first time in his career.
At the 2019 Australian Open, Shapovalov made it to the third round after wins over Pablo Andújar and Taro Daniel before pushing Novak Djokovic in a brave showing although he was ultimately defeated in four sets.
Shapovalov’s first ATP Tour title came in October of 2019 at the Stockholm Open, defeating Filip Krajinović in straight sets in the final.
The Canadian would reach the first Grand Slam quarter-final of his career at the 2020 US Open. Defeating Sebastian Korda and Kwon Soon-woo in rounds one and two respectively, Shapovalov prevailed in a five-set thriller against Taylor Fritz in round three and swept aside David Goffin to reach the last eight where Pablo Carreño Busta would prove a bridge too far.
Shapovalov would go even better at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. After a five-set win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in the opening round, Shapovalov was gifted a walkover in round two. Facing off against home favourite and two-time former champion Andy Murray in round three, Shapovalov would comfortably claim a straight-set victory. A win over Roberto Bautista Agut followed before a five-set win over Karen Khachanov saw him into the last 4. Sadly for the Canadian, Novak Djokovic would claim victory in the semi-final.
After reaching his third Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2022 Australian Open, Shapovalov would claim the two biggest successes of his career.
Firstly as part of the Canadian team at the ATP Cup, Shapovalov alongside Félix Auger-Aliassime would defeat Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut in singles competition to secure Canada’s first ATP Cup win.
Later that year the Canadian team of Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil would double up on their nation's successes by beating Australia in the final to claim Canada’s first-ever Davis Cup title.
Seeded 20th at the 2023 Australian Open, Shapovalov would narrowly lose out in a five-set, third round encounter to 10th seed, Hubert Hurkacz.
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