Denis Shapovalov has issued a positive update on his recovery as the Canadian appears to be doing well and preparing to return to the court at the start of the 2024 season. Shapovalov, a former world No 10, didn't play any tournaments post-Wimbledon due to a knee injury.
At Wimbledon, Shapovalov made the round-of-16 before losing to Roman Safiullin in four sets. Against Safiullin, Shapovalov won the opening set before losing the next three sets in a match in which he was heavily hampered by a knee injury.
"A lot of hard work and tough days coming back from my injury but I’m super excited to be feeling good on the court again!! Can’t wait to get back to doing what I love. Appreciate all the support you’ve given me these last few months… See you soon," Shapovalov wrote on X.
A lot of hard work and tough days coming back from my injury but I’m super excited to be feeling good on the court again!! Can’t wait to get back to doing what I love. Appreciate all the support you’ve given me these last few months… See you soon 😎💪🏼🐺 pic.twitter.com/GqxEeaLBth — Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) December 20, 2023
Shapovalov took a break to address his knee injury
After being hampered heavily by a knee injury during the Safiullin loss, Shapovalov indicated in his post-match press conference that he could take a break to address the injury.
"Yeah, that's probably the worst that it's been in a long time. Yeah, need to talk with the team. Need to try to see some more specialists and see what I can do. But I think I've held off enough points making third round of French, fourth round here.
So maybe it is a good time to take a break, try to fix this, and come back for the fall. But then again, I would be missing an important part of the season which I love to play, which is in North America. So yeah, it's tough, but unfortunately that's our life (smiling)," Shapovalov said after his Wimbledon exit.
Initially, Shapovalov attempted to come back and play more tournaments but he didn't recover in time for the US Open. Shapovalov ended up missing the remainder of 2023 but at least he is now doing well and ready to play again.