De­nis Shapo­valov’s big move

The Kids Post - - Extracuricular -

Af­ter de­feat­ing Rafael Nadal at the Roger’s Cup last month, Rich­mond Hill teen De­nis Shapo­valov dropped to the court, partly out of shock and partly in cel­e­bra­tion. The mag­ni­tude of his win sent re­ver­ber­a­tions across the coun­try. By win­ning his next game, Shapo­valov be­came the youngest player to ever reach a semi­fi­nal at the Masters Se­ries, ahead of fu­ture cham­pi­ons of the game such as Michael Chang and Richard Gas­quet. And, in so do­ing, herded count­less young­sters to their lo­cal courts to fol­low in the al­ready siz­able foot­steps of the next big thing in Cana­dian ten­nis. Play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties abound from pub­lic courts, to pub­lic-pri­vate neigh­bour­hood fa­cilites and pri­vate rac­quet clubs. Who knows where the next phe­nom will be found.

READY TO ROAR Shapi lost his semi­fi­nal to Roger’s Cup champ and new neme­sis Sascha Zverev

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