17-year-old Yibing Wu receive Shanghai Masters wild card

Tennis - Wu will be the second player born in 1999 who played in the main draw of Masters 1000 event, after Denis Shapovalov

by Jovica Ilic
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17-year-old Yibing Wu receive Shanghai Masters wild card

Tennis is a growing sport in China and the tennis federation of this country has invested a lot in players development in the last 10 years or so, launching new tennis academies and gathering some quality international coaches.

One of their biggest hopes, a 17-year-old Yibing Wu has just won the US Open junior title, becoming the first Chinese junior Grand Slam champion, but he didn't have time to celebrate his title. Yibing flew back to China to compete in the Shanghai Challenger, and he went all the way, claiming his maiden Challenger title (only the 5th tournament for him at this level) when Yen-Hsun Lu was forced to retire after losing the first set in the tie break.

Wu is currently ranked 496th and he is the 3rd youngest player in the Top 500, behind Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nicola Kuhn (both born in 2000), and he will have a chance to make a big scene debut, as he received a wild card for the Shanghai Masters main draw! Namely, it was reserved for Chinese player with the best result at Shanghai Challenger, and Wu secured it when he reached the final.

Thus, he will be only the second player born in 1999 with a Masters 1000 match, after Denis Shapovalov, and he will have a shot at winning at least a match with a favorable draw, knowing how well he played in the last couple of weeks.

Before that, the organizers of the Chengdu event gave Yibing a wild card as well, and that will be his ATP debut. ALSO READ: WTA Tokyo: Zarina Diyas beats Miyu Kato to claim her first WTA crown

Yibing Wu Shanghai Masters Denis Shapovalov
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