Canadian Denis Shapovalov granted Wimbledon wild-card berth

Canada's Denis Shapovalov returns the ball against Great Britain's Daniel Evans during first round Davis Cup tennis action Friday February 3, 2017 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Canadian Denis Shapovalov has been given a wild-card entry in the men’s singles draw at Wimbledon and will play his first professional tournament at the All-England Club.

Shapovalov won the junior Wimbledon title last year. The 193rd-ranked player in the world will be one of 16 men to receive a wild-card berth to the main draw for the July event.

Earlier this season, the 18-year-old gained attention for all the wrong reasons when he was disqualified from a Davis Cup tie against Great Britain. Frustrated after losing a point, Shapovalov accidentally hit chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the eye with a ball he struck furiously with his racket.

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