Following Recent Success on Clay, Denis Shapovalov Announces Shocking News Regarding French Open 2021

Published 05/23/2021, 4:28 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov during his third round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Canadian world number fifteen Denis Shapovalov, who had a decent run on the European clay-court swing this year, has announced shock exit from the upcoming French Open.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov celebrates winning a set during his first round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
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Denis Shapovalov withdraws from the French Open 2021

Shapovalov, who lost to Casper Ruud yesterday in the Geneva Open finals, surprised everyone with his decision to skip Roland Garros. While the reason behind his exit is yet to be revealed, it comes as a major shock to tennis fans as the Canadian is expected to reach at least the quarter-finals in Paris.

The French Open has already seen exits from veteran players like Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray. Also, notable names like Nick Kyrgios, Borna Coric will also be missing the action this year in Paris.

Coming to Shapovalov, there were no hints regarding an injury during his final match at the Geneva Open against Casper Ruud. The Canadian nearly defeated Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open a couple of weeks ago.

Even the Spaniard mentioned the Canadian to be one of the prime threats to him ahead of the French Open. The young Canadian’s career has been a roller-coaster ride so far. While he is yet to leave a solid impact on the big stage, his skills on the tennis court will amaze tennis enthusiasts all over the world.

Aslan Karatsev benefits from Shapovalov’s Roland Garros exit

At the French Open last year, the Canadian defeated the local hero Gilles Simon in four, enthralling sets in the opening match. But, he was defeated by Roberto Carbellas Baena in the second round.

Mar 27, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Denis Shapovalov of Canada hits a forehand against Ilya Ivashka of Belarus (not pictured) in the second round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The next-gen player first came to limelight when he defeated Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Canadian Open. Shapovalov created trouble for the Spaniard with his flat, thunderous forehand winners. Coached by former tennis player Mikhail Youzhny, the Canadian has been performing consistently since last year.

Update:

Just a while ago, Denis Shapovalov shared an update on twitter regarding his withdrawal.

I’m saddened to share that after consulting with my medical team I’ve made the difficult decision to withdrawal from Roland Garros. Unfortunately my shoulder has been bothering me and while medical tests look good, it is for the best to rest. See you in 2022, Roland-Garros”, wrote the Canadian. 

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The sudden exit of Denis Shapovalov gives a much-needed boost to the Russian Aslan Karatsev. Karatsev will be seeded anywhere between 17th and 24th in the men’s singles draw.

As a result of this, Karatsev improves his chances of reaching the quarter-finals because he won’t be facing top-8 players till the third round.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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