For a long time Canadian tennis has been dominated by Milos Raonic, at least on the male side. A newcomer is taking over the scene. Dennis Shapovalov, or Shapo, is bringing a fresh energy to Canadian tennis. Raonic is only 27, which isn’t incredibly old, but at 19 Shapo is part of a new wave of tennis in Canada.
Tennis has never really been a mainstream sport in Canada, and was usually geared towards more wealthy families. Raonic debuted on the ATP World tour in 2008, and has since won 8 tournaments. All of Raonic’s wins from 2011 to 2016, and he has never really been a huge threat since 2016. The main issue Raonic has been struggling with is injuries. Milos Raonic peaked at third in the ATP rankings overall in early 2016.
In 2017 the current Canadian tennis Phenom Dennis Shapovalov broke onto the ATP scene. He didn’t have the same serve as someone like Raonic, but he does have a certain swagger that tennis hasn’t seen in a while. Be it the long flowing hair or the celebrations after a big point, or even just his nickname – “Shapo” really rolls off the tongue and gives you an idea of what kind of player he is.
In 2017 Shapovalov went into the US open with little to no expectations. He was an 18 year old just looking to make a name for himself, and boy did he. The 18 year old surprising made it to the round of 64, only to play Joe-Wilfried Tsonga, who was a formidable opponent. Surprisingly Shapo made it past Tsonga and made it to the round of 16 only to get beat by Pablo Carreno Busta.
Shapovalov should be a threat for years to come in the tennis world, and will continue to make Canada proud.