Last Updated on April 12, 2022
Denis Shapovalov’s performance has remained hot and cold in his young career. At the age of 21, he broke into the ‘Top 15’ of the ATP Singles Rankings. He came to notice when he defeated former world number one Rafael Nadal and former US Open Grand Slam winner, Juan Martin Del Potro at the Rogers Cup in 2017. Along with singles, he has been an active doubles player since his junior days. He has won the junior’s doubles Grand Slam at the US Open and junior singles Grand Slam at Wimbledon on 2015 and 2016 respectively. His groundstrokes are his strongest area and he believes in playing high-risk tennis. He never holds himself back as soon as he sees the opportunity.
In 2019, Stockholm Open, he won his first and only ATP title to date. It was his performance at the Davis Cup that led Canada to reach the finals of the Davis Cup in 2019. In 119 years of tennis history, this was the first time that Canada made it to the finals of the Davis Cup. His tantrums and animated gestures haven’t been received well by the crowd and his peers. His gestures and aggressiveness have led to him downfall many times as he has lost many matches from a winning position. He holds a strong future but he needs to address some of the on-court issues that he has had in the past
Denis Shapovalov Current Coach
Jamie Delgado is the current coach of Denis Shapovalov who joined his coaching team in December 2021. Delgado was a former British player who didn’t have a great career as a player but as a coach, he has been phenomenal. He though holds a special and a record that will be hard to unmatched and that is to play Wimbledon for 23 years in a row. He never got passed the second round but was always given a wild card entry to the tournament. He started his coaching career by coaching Giles Muller in the fag end of his career. He then coached the former world number 1, Andy Murray for 5 years from 2016 to 2021. He was instrumental in getting Murray getting back to court. After the hip surgery that Murray had, it looked impossible that the Scottish will ever be able to play tennis again. Murray had a fair bit of success under him but as soon he ended his ties with Murray, he was hired by young sensation Denis Shapovalov in December 2021.
Denis Shapovalov Past Coaches
His mother Tessa was a former tennis player who quit her job and started coaching Denis and many junior players in Ontario. Thus, her mother was her first coach who coached him during his early days.
In 2016, he was coached by Adriano Fuorivia who helped him win the junior Boys Wimbledon title. Adriano Fuorivia is associated with Canadian Tennis for over 20 years now. He has developed many young Canadian tennis players. After leaving him in 2017, he re-joined his coaching team again in 2019.
As soon as he turned pro in 2017, he hired the services of Martin Laurendeau who polished his one-handed backhand. Their partnership was quite successful as 2017 was the breakthrough year of Shapovalov in which he defeated many top players like Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, and Juan Martin Del Potro. Due to a back injury, Laurendeau had to quit coaching. Martin Laurendeau himself was a tennis player and has served as the non-playing captain of the Canadian Tennis team. He played tennis at the pro level from 1986 to 1993. Since, 1994, he has turned coach and have coached many upcoming Canadian tennis players.
Soon, Denis added Rob Steckley who joined his coaching team and coached him till April 2019. In August 2019, he added Mikhail Youzhny to his coaching team with the help of whom, he won his first and only ATP title to date. He also reached the quarter-finals of the US Open in 2020 while Youzhny was coaching him. Youzhny added the backhand slice to his game as he was more of a one-dimension player and his addition has made him more sought-after. He remained his coach till 2021.
Youzhny was a top tennis player of his time and he was instrumental in Russia winning Davis Cup twice in 2002 and 2006. Former Canadian tennis player Peter Polansky has been in his coaching team till 2021. Apart from these coaches, Denis shares a very good camaraderie with Ace Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna, who also coaches him and has partnered with him in various double events.
Denis Shapoval’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Denis Shapovalov under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coach||Years of Cooperation||Titles|
|Adriano Fuorivia||2014-2016||US Open Junior Doubles championship (2015), Davis Cup Junior Championship (2015), Wimbledon Junior Singles Championship (2016)|
|Mikhail Youzhny||2019-2021||Stockholm Open (2019)|
|Jamie Delgado||2021-Present||No Titles Yet|