Canadian Shapovalov to make ATP main draw debut at Citi Open

Denis Shapovalov spoke about getting a taste of major tournaments like Wimbledon, and playing with double partner Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil have become household names to Canadian tennis fans. But another young player could soon be added to that list.

Denis Shapovalov, a 17-year-old from Vaughan, Ont., will be making his debut on the ATP main tour at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. He will join Pospisil, Bouchard and Aleksandra Wozniak at the hard court tournament, which runs from July 18 to 24.

Shapovalov began 2016 ranked out of the top 1,000 players in the world but has now risen to 374 after strong play on the ATP Challenger and ITF Pro Circuit.

Shapovalov is currently competing in Wimbledon on the junior draw, where he is ranked fifth. On Thursday, he won his quarter-final match against Mate Valkusz of Hungary 6-4, 6-2. He will next play Stefanos Tsitsipas, the top-ranked junior player, in the semifinals.

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