Tennis Canada has announced its yearly awards for the male players. Denis Shapovalov was named the best male singles player, Daniel Nestor is male doubles player of the year and Felix Auger-Aliassime is male junior player of the year.
Shapovalov started the season as World No. 250, he is now No. 51 and achieved a career high ranking at No. 49 in October. 'In a year full of surprises it’s somewhat fitting that my 2017 season concludes with another', said in a statement Shapovalov, who reached Montreal semifinals and US Open fourth round.
'I’m truly humbled to be recognized as Tennis Canada’s Male Player of the Year and to be given the opportunity to represent my country on the ATP Tour and as a member of our Davis Cup team. While much of the focus has been on my individual results, none of this would have been possible without the love and support of my family, coaches, management, and Canadian tennis fans.' This year Nestor reached just a final, losing it in Montpellier.
He will retire next year at Rogers Cup. By winning his second Challenger title in career at Seville, the 17-year-old Aliassime became the youngest player to debut in the Top 200 world rankings since Nadal in 2002. He started the season outside top 600, he is now 162nd.
'Denis truly captured the hearts of Canadian sports fans this year, and it has been a joy to watch him grow into a budding star', said Michael Downey, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. 'He has the spirit, desire, and work ethic to be among the elite athletes in our sport and we look forward to seeing what’s next for him.
It is also an honour to recognize Daniel and Felix for their great efforts and results; our winners this year represent both the longstanding pillar of Canadian tennis in Daniel and a bright future with Denis and Felix. Congratulations to all on your well-deserved success and best of luck next season.' ALSO READ: Alexander Zverev: 'This is just the beginning, I am already back at work' .