The 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov is spending his last teenage days as the top-20 player, kicking off 2019 season in a little bit slower pace before excelling his game in Miami where he reached the semi-final. By doing that, Denis has joined an impressive list of players with three Masters 1000 semi-finals before turning 20, adding his name alongside those like Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray and Pete Sampras.
The Tel Aviv native is yet to reach the ATP final and will try to change that in the following couple of months, signing to play nine tournaments from Monte Carlo up to Wimbledon! It should be a roller coaster ride for Shapovalov if he decides to run them all, with 11 out of 13 competitive weeks by the mid-July on clay and grass courts.
Denis will celebrate the 20th birthday in Monte Carlo and travel to Barcelona after that, aking a debut at ATP 500 event. After taking a week off, the Canadian will compete in Spain again, trying to defend the semi-final points at Madrid Masters where he played his best tennis on clay so far in 2018, beating Raonic and Edmund before falling to Alexander Zverev.
Seven days later, his next stop should be Rome where he lost to Rafael Nadal last spring in straight sets in the third round. Denis will take a much-needed rest before heading to Roland Garros, seeking the better result than on debut last year when Maximilian Marterer ousted him in the second round.
2016 Wimbledon junior champion took care not to miss anything during the grass swing, heading to Stuttgart after Paris with much higher goals than last June when he was stunned by Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the opening match.
The crowd at Queen's will also have a chance to enjoy in his explosive tennis, seven days before Eastbourne where he also lost early in 2018. That leads us towards Wimbledon and the lucky ground for him during junior days, trying to repeat the same path as a year ago when he also played those four tournaments on grass, earning just 90 points and hoping for much more during the upcoming campaign.