Denis Shapovalov is a Canadian tennis player who managed to attract the attention of experts and analysts. The young athlete by the age of 18 won the prestigious awards “Progress of the Year” and “Tomorrow’s Star”, and also became the winner of the junior Wimbledon.
Childhood and youth
The fact that Denis’s biography will somehow be connected with sports was clear from the moment he was born. The son of Tessa Shapovalova, USSR vice tennis champion, was to follow in the footsteps of her parents. The father of the boy was professionally involved in volleyball. Russian by nationality, they moved to Israel. The boy was born in Tel Aviv on April 15, 1999.
The family moved to Canada when the child was not even a year old. Shapovalov has an older brother, Eugene, and at first, his parents were more involved in his sports development. But when Denis joined the training, it became clear that the potential of the youngest son is greater.
For the first time on a professional court he was at 5 years old. His trainer was his mother. Tessa passed on her own skills and knowledge. For 8 years, she acted as a mentor, teaching the young man a variety of techniques and techniques. Thanks to his mother, the guy perfectly owns a one-handed backhand, which experts call him a business card.
The athlete is single and prefers not to talk about the presence of passion and the nuances of his personal life in general. Denis is happy to share with fans the photos and videos that he publishes on social networks. The guy’s personal account on Instagram is full of pictures from the court, relaxing with friends and professional photos of a tennis player.
Denis loves traveling and spending time with friends. Periodically, he collaborates with modeling agencies and various brands as an ambassador.
Shapovalov’s height is 185 cm, and weight – 75 kg.
Shapovalov’s professional career started at the US Open junior tournament. Speaking in a duet with Felix Auger-Allassim, the young man became the winner. He entered the Canada Youth Team and won the Davis Cup. Good luck did not leave the guy. The following season, he entered the semifinals of the junior competition Roland Garros, and then became the owner of the Cup in Rohampton. Shapovalov also managed to win the main award of the junior Wimbledon and reached the finals of the competition in the company with teammate Felix Auger-Allassim.
In 2016, Denis began to perform along with adult athletes and did not accept the invitation to participate in the Australian Open junior competition. The guy preferred the opportunity to speak at the ITF. Shapovalov came out of 4 tournaments with 3 victories and in the same year he began to play in the Asia-Pacific tournaments.
In Washington, he lost to his rival, and in Toronto he managed to triumph over Nick Kiryos, who was in the top 20 in the tennis world. Having lost in the 2nd round to Grigor Dimitrov, the Canadian focused on challengers. He ended up in the quarter finals 2 times and even managed to break into the semifinals. Then he made his debut in the competition for the Davis Cup. Speaking against an opponent from the Chilean national team, Denis failed.
2017 for Shapovalov started poorly. The year began with a penalty and a technical defeat in the match for the national team. Next, the tennis player won the first challenger in his sports career. In the next competition in Mexico, he reached the final, but could not cope with the opponent. In just 3 months he participated in 7 tournaments and has never been the winner in the 1st round. The streak of failures ended in London, where in the framework of the Asia-Pacific Region Shapovalov won 2 matches and went through the 1st round, having been defeated by Tomas Berdykh.
Of the 3 challengers held in Canada, the guy won only the first. In the 3rd, he lost to Alexander Zverev . Denis also lost in the ATP match to Born Chorich. Within the US Open, he won 6 meetings and first entered the 4th round of the Grand Slam tournament. And although further matches were not particularly successful for Shapovalov, he closed the season, entering the 1st hundred tennis players in the world. The young man took the 51st position in the rating.
The following year, it was not possible to replenish the piggy bank with trophies. Denis refused to participate in futures and challengers in favor of appearances in the Asia-Pacific tournaments. Starting with a fiasco in Brisbane, Auckland, Acapulco and Indian Wells, Shapovalov rehabilitated himself by going into the 2nd round. He then won 6 games in Miami and Delray Beach. The transition to unpaved brought 2 defeats, but followed by 4 victories in Spanish territory. The athlete lost to a longtime opponent, Alexander Zverev. He lost in the match
2018 ended with the achievement of the 27th position in the rating. The tennis player kept the indicators, although he could not improve them. He managed to get into the 3rd round at the Australian Open and show his worth in Rotterdam, and then in Indian Wells. Later, in 13 matches, the athlete did not perform well, losing 10 of them. And in the fall he won the first APR trophy in his career at a tournament in Stockholm.
In 2019, Denis won the Asia-Pacific match, fighting on the court with Daniel Evans. Doubles he most often spent in a duet with Rohan Bopannoy. The guys became finalists in Stuttgart and advanced to the semifinals of the Canadian Open. At the Open Championship in the USA, athletes were in the 3rd round, but flew out of the competition. Representing the interests of the Canadian national team, which first reached the final of the World Group in the Davis Cup, Shapovalov and Auger-Allassim lost to the Spanish team.
Denis Shapovalov now
In a doubles match in a duet with Rohan Bopannaya, the Canadian wrested a victory from Kontinen Henry and Struff Jan-Lennard. Having defeated the Croatian Marina Chilicha in the second round of the APR competition in February 2020, later Denis Shapovalov lost to Alexander Bublik in the final.
Now the guy continues training under the leadership of Mikhail Youzhny and his mother, who still acts as his mentor. The athlete is preparing for new competitions.
- 2015 – Winner of the Davis Junior Cup with the national team of Canada
- 2016 – Winner of the doubles tournament at the US Junior Open
- 2016 – Wimbledon Singles Winner
- 2016 – Champion of 3 futures
- 2017 – “Progress Winner”
- 2017 – Winner of the Star of Tomorrow Award
- 2017 – ATP Challenger title holder
- 2019 – ATP 250 Winner