Meet Tennis’ New Wonderkid, Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov (born April 15, 1999) is a Canadian professional tennis player.

Shapovalov was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, the son of Tessa and Viktor Shapovalov. His parents were Russian-Israeli citizens. His mother is Jewish, and his father is Greek Orthodox Christian. Shapovalov has one sibling, his older brother Evgeniy.

The family moved from Israel to Canada before Denis’ first birthday. He started to play tennis at the club his mother was coaching at when he was five years old. His mother Tessa opened her own tennis club in Vaughan, Ontario, named TessaTennis, to help give him a home base to train at and to teach the game to other juniors. She is still coaching him along with Canada’s Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau.  He plays for Canada, but holds both Israeli and Canadian citizenships. He is nicknamed “Shapo”.

He reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 51 on September 11, 2017, and a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 2 on July 11, 2016. Shapovalov won the 2016 Wimbledon junior singles title and the 2015 US Open junior doubles title with compatriot Félix Auger-Aliassime. Shapovalov was a semifinalist at the 2017 Canadian Open, beating Juan Martín del Potro and Rafael Nadal during his run.

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