10 questions about Denis Shapovalov – Junior Wimbledon, Youzhny, rap musician
- 07 Sep 2020
What is Denis Shapovalov’s best Grand Slam result?
As a 21-year-old, Shapovalov became the first Canadian man to ever reach the men’s singles quarterfinals at the US Open in 2020. He defeated Taylor Fritz in five sets in the third round, then defeated David Goffin in the round of 16. Shapovalov was finally defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta in five sets in the quarterfinals.
Who are his family?
His father is Viktor and his mother is Tessa. He has a brother called Evgeniy.
Who are Shapovalov’s coaches?
His coaches are his mother Tessa, who runs a tennis academy in Canada, and former world No 8 Mikhail Youzhny, who was one of the young Shapovalov’s favourite players.
“Misha was definitely one of the players I looked up to when I was really young. He was one of the first players I actually had a picture with…It’s pretty crazy to be working with him, first of all, but just to get to know him as a person and as a coach, and I feel like he’s helped my game so much. He’s definitely made me a smarter player out there. I feel like he was very smart when he played. He was just, his positioning, the way he read the game, it’s just another level for me.”
How tall is Shapovalov?
Denis Shapovalov is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall according to his official profile on the ATP Tour website.
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How did Shapovalov start playing tennis?
He moved to Toronto with his family when he was a baby. He began playing tennis with his mother when he was five. His tennis idol growing up was Roger Federer. He won the US Open junior doubles in 2015 with compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime, and won the Wimbledon junior singles the year after. He turned professional in 2017, a year in which he was named ATP Newcomer of the Year and ATP Most Improved Player of the Year.
What are his career highlights so far?
His career highest ranking so far is world No 13, which he achieved in January 2020. In 2019, he was the Paris Masters runner-up, losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.
What other sports does he like?
He says that if he was not a tennis player he would like to be an ice hockey pro. He is a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He thinks Wayne Gretzy is the greatest sportsperson of all time.
Does he have any other talents?
He’s keen on rapping and has recently released recordings of his efforts.
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Who would he most like to meet?
Shapovalov has said that apart from Wayne Gretzsky, he would most like to meet rapper and musician Eminem.
Does he have a social media account?
Shapovalov has a Twitter account with 93,900 followers. He also has an Instagram account where he has 388,000 followers, and a Facebook account where he has 51,407 followers.