World no. 22 Denis Shapovalov will miss his home Canada Masters in Toronto with an ongoing knee injury. The Canadian will not compete in front of the home crowd for the first time since 2015, expressing his disappointment with his fans and promising to return the next year.
Denis is 13-13 in 2023, failing to enter the top-60 on the ATP Race and struggling to compete injury-free. The Canadian needs more time off the court to take care of his injury, gathering dark clouds over his Cincinnati and the US Open preparation.
Shapovalov lost to Novak Djokovic in Adelaide at the start of the season and fell to Hubert Hurkacz at the Australian Open. Denis experienced a terrible run between Dallas in February and Madrid in May, not winning back-to-back matches and changing that at Roland Garros.
Shapovalov beat Nakashima and Arnaldi to enter the last 32 before a tough loss to Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets. The favorite scored a rock-solid 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 triumph in two hours and ten minutes, keeping everything under control and sailing over the top.
Shapovalov opened a 4-1 lead in the second set after back-to-back breaks, playing well in those moments. However, he lost 11 of the final 13 games to end his run in the third round. It was time for grass, and Denis could not find his A-game on the fastest surface.
Denis Shapovalov will not compete in Toronto due to a knee issue.
He fell to Marton Fucsovics in Stuttgart, and Alexander Zverev ousted him in straight sets in Halle a week later. Denis got a favorable draw at Wimbledon and took down three opponents to find himself in the last 16.
The Canadian made a solid start against Roman Safiullin before fading from the court in sets two, three and four, missing an excellent chance for a place in the last eight. Shapovalov had to cancel Washington, and he is not ready to play in front of his fans in Toronto next week either.
Denis had one notable result at the Canada Masters, beating Rafael Nadal en route to the semi-final in 2017, still at 18. "I'm really disappointed to announce my withdrawal from the National Bank Open. I have been doing everything possible to get my knee healthy and be able to compete, but unfortunately, it needs more time.
There is no greater honor than playing at your home tournament, and I will miss playing in Toronto. I will keep focusing on getting healthy, and I know I will see you all in Canada next year!! " Denis Shapovalov said.