Denis Shapovalov is a professional tennis player who was born in Tel Aviv, Israel on April 15, 1999. He is the son of Viktor and Tessa Shapovalov, who are Russian-Israeli citizens, and has an older brother Evgeniy.
Shapovalov moved together with his family from Israel to Canada just before his first birthday. There, he started to play tennis where his mother was coaching at the age of five years old. Eventually his mother opened her own tennis club called TessaTennis, in order to provide him with a home base where he could train as well as to teach tennis to juniors.
During his junior years, Shapovalov’s needs in training became increasingly demanding for his mother. As a result, they hired Andriano Fuorivia to be his personal coach and travel company. Currently, he is still under his mother’s care in terms of coaching, but is also aided by Martin Laurendeau.
After turning pro in 2017, Shapovalov was able to reach the semifinal round of Masters 1000, and even make his Top 50 debut. He has shown continued improvement and is steadily climbing through the ranks.
So far, he has a career record of 25 wins and 24 losses. However, he does not have any career titles yet, and does not have any Grand Slam tournament titles as well. He did manage to participate in all four Grand Slam events, the latest being the Australian Open in 2018, where he reached the second round. He is currently ranked at No. 42, as of April 2018, and is his highest rank so far.