Shapovalov Scoops Most Improved Player Of 2017
#NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov has been selected by peers as the Most Improved Player of the Year in the 2017 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. The 18-year-old claims the player-voted award over fellow nominees Alexander Zverev, Pablo Carreno Busta and Andrey Rublev.
"I’m very proud to receive the Most Improved Award," Shapovalov said. "There’s many players that deserve this award so first of all to be nominated was huge and to actually win it, it’s unbelievable. Me and my team have put in countless amounts of hours of work and dedication this year so it means a lot to me to achieve it."
Shapovalov started 2017 at No. 250 in the Emirates ATP Rankings before he went on to crack the Top 100 on 14 August and the Top 50 on 23 October.
The Canadian has also been named the 2017 ATP Star of Tomorrow presented by Emirates, as the youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings as of 6 November. Shapovalov, who is competing this week at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, will receive his trophies at The O2 during a special on-court presentation at the Nitto ATP Finals on Saturday, 18 November.
Shapovalov made an emphatic mark on the ATP World Tour in August when, as a wild card, he defeated Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro en route to the semi-finals of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal. It made him the youngest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-finalist since the series started in 1990.
Backing up his run in Montreal, the lefty won through qualifying at the US Open and defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to his maiden Grand Slam fourth round appearance (l. to Carreno Busta). He was the youngest player to reach that stage at a major since Marat Safin at 1998 Roland Garros.