|Denis Shapovalov Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||April 15, 1999|
Denis Shapovalov is a Canadian professional tennis player who broke into the ‘Top 15’ of the ATP ( Association of Tennis Professionals) singles rankings and the ‘Top 50’ of the doubles rankings before turning 21. He came into the spotlight when he reached the semifinal of the Rogers Cup in 2017 and during the tournament, defeated Grand Slam winners Rafael Nadal and Juan Martín del Potro. Denis had risen through the ranks swiftly and as a junior, he had reached an ITF (International Tennis Federation) ranking as high as No. 2 after winning the doubles junior title at the US Open in 2015 and the singles junior title at Wimbledon in 2016. In 2017, he was named by Tennis Canada as the ‘Male Player of the Year’ and in the same year, he also won the prestigious ‘Lionel Conacher Award’.
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Denis had attended the Stephen Lewis Secondary School in his hometown of Vaughan, Ontario.
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Viktor Shapovalov (Businessman)
- Mother – Tessa Shapovalova (Tennis Coach, Former Tennis Player)
- Siblings – Evgeniy Shapovalov (Older Brother)
Left-Handed (One-Handed Backhand)
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Denis has dated –
- Mirjam Bjorklund (2018–Present)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Russian descent on his father’s side and Ashkenazi Jewish descent on his mother’s side.
- Toned physique
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
- Has a mole near his left eye
Denis Shapovalov Favorite Things
- Tennis Surface – Grass
- Tennis Shot – Overhead Smash
- Sports – Tennis, Ice Hockey
- Tennis Tournament – ATP Masters 1000 Canada
- Tennis Player/Role Model – Roger Federer
- Ice Hockey Team – Toronto Maple Leafs
- Basketball Team – Toronto Raptors
- Hobby – Playing Video Games
Source – ATP Tour
Denis Shapovalov Facts
- Denis’s parents moved to Tel Aviv from the erstwhile Soviet Union as the latter was on the verge of collapse. When he was a year old, his parents relocated to Canada.
- He began playing tennis from the age of 5 and his mother quit her tennis coaching job to open a new academy in Vaughan, Ontario to train him and other junior players.
- In 2017, he was selected to participate in the 1st round Davis Cup World Group tie against Great Britain. In the deciding match of the rubber, he accidentally hit the chair umpire as he lobbed a ball angrily towards the spectators after dropping a service game. He was immediately disqualified for ‘unsportsmanlike behavior’ and consequently, Canada lost the tie 2-3.
- At the 2017 Rogers Cup, he became the youngest player to ever reach the semifinal of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. The same year, he also became the youngest player, since Michael Chang in 1989, to reach the 4th round of the US Open.
- He won his first ATP title at the Stockholm Open in October 2019. A month later, he led Canada to the Davis Cup final after he won both his singles and doubles match against Russia in the semi-final to hand Canada a 2-1 win. This was Canada’s 1st Davis Cup final appearance in the tournament’s 119-year history.
Featured Image by Denis Shapovalov / Instagram