Denis Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov
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    • Nickname is Shapo.
    • Speaks English and Russian.
    • Born in Israel after mother moved there from Russia. Moved to Toronto as a 9-month-old.
    • Father, Viktor; mother, Tessa; brother, Evgeniy.
    • Mother is a former professional player who has coached him since age 5 and runs a tennis academy in Vaughan, Canada.
    • Developed trademark backhand as a junior. "When I was small a lot of people would get the ball up to my backhand," recalls Shapovalov. "I remember one practice I just got tired of going back all of the time, so I hit a couple in the air and they worked out well, so it’s just been a natural shot for me."
    • Favourite surface is grass, shot is overhead smash and tournament is ATP Masters 1000 Canada.
    • Idol growing up was Roger Federer. As a 15-year-old junior, warmed Federerup for his 2014 Toronto SF match.
    • Slept in Felix Auger-Aliassime's basement during SF run at 2017 Montreal. Ripped poster of Rafael Nadal off wall before beating Spaniard in 3R.
    • Named ATP Newcomer of the Year and ATP Most Improved Player of the Year in 2017.
    • Also named 2017recipient of the Lionel Conacher Award for Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press.
    • Wants to use his game to “inspire more kids that are going their own way... and show that it’s possible to do it on your own if you truly believe and work hard.”
    • Launched ShapoShelter in April 2022 (, whichhighlightsstories of dogs and cats in need. SupportsHumane Society of Manatee County, Humane Society of Greater Miami and Adopta un Amigo Para Siempre in Mexico City.
    • If he wasn't a tennis player, he would be an ice hockey player.
    • Fan of Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto Raptors (NBA).
    • Travels with his Nintendo Switch and enjoys playing Skyrim and Mario Kart.
    • Also enjoysrapping, havingreleased a pair of songs in 2020 entitled “Night Train” and “Drip.”

    (UPDATED 28 MAY2023)

    • After becoming1st Canadian US Open men’s singles quarter-finalist in 2020, became 2nd of 3 Canadian men (Raonic, Auger-Aliassime) to rank in Top 10on 21September 2020.
    • Defeated 2-time champion Murray and earned 5-set wins over Kohlschreiber and Khachanov en route to 1st Grand Slam SF at 2021 Wimbledon (l. to No. 1 Djokovic).
    • Reached 2019 Paris final and 4other ATP Masters 1000 SFs, including 2017 Montreal, where he upset No. 2 Nadal and became youngest semi-finalist in series history at age 18 (since 1990).
    • Beat Carreno Busta to begin 2022 ATP Cup final and Kokkinakis to begin 2022 Davis Cup final, helping Canada sweep both team titles.
    • Ended junior career with 2016 Wimbledon boys’ singles title, then broke into Top 50 of Pepperstone ATP Rankings less than 15 months later.


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