Shapovalov is one of the most exciting young talents in the sport. His sensational shot making saw him make his top 10 debut this year and he was the youngest player to enter the top 30 in 2018, a year after making his Laver Cup debut as a captain’s pick in Prague 2017. The Canadian is set to represent Team World for a third time, returning as their highest-ranked representative.
A junior Wimbledon champion, Shapovalov was born in Israel and was nine months old when his family relocated to Canada. His father, Viktor, is a businessman and his mother, Tessa, runs a tennis academy. He grew up idolizing Roger Federer and followed in his footsteps to win a Wimbledon boys’ singles title (Federer won in 1998, Shapovalov in 2016). Team World teammate Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of his best friends.
Shapovalov broke into the top 10 in 2020 after becoming the first Canadian to reach the US Open quarterfinals. Winning his first tour title at Stockholm in 2019, this year he defeated two-time champion Andy Murray and earned five-set wins over Phillip Kohlschreiber and Karen Khachanov en route to his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon.
2021 Season Highlights
Semifinals: Wimbledon, Queen’s Club, Dubai
Quarterfinals: Stuttgart, Doha
3R: Rome, Miami, Australian Open