Former Finalist Denis Shapovalov Announces Unfortunate News Ahead of Paris Masters 2021

Published 10/28/2021, 11:44 PM EDT
Aug 11, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Denis Shapovalov of Canada returns a ball to Frances Tiafoe of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


22-year-old Denis Shapovalov has had a roller-coaster 2021 season. While he reached a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in Wimbledon, he is still waiting for his first ATP singles title this year. The Canadian has announced unfortunate news for tennis fans in Paris. That is, he will not be competing at the Rolex Paris Masters 1000 event this year.

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Last year, Paris Bercy had transpired behind closed doors, so no fans were allowed in the stadium. In 2019, Shapovalov had won many hearts in France, with his incredible run to reach the final of Paris Masters. So unfortunately, for the Parisian crowd will be deprived of seeing Shapalov for two consecutive years.  

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Currently, Shapovalov is competing at the St. Petersburg Open 2021. and has reached the quarterfinal. The second seed will next play German Jan-Lennard Struff in Russia.

Denis Shapovalov withdraws from Rolex Paris Masters 2021

Indeed, it is a surprise to many fans that Denis Shapovalov pulled out from Bercy. However, the reason for the withdrawal remains unknown. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his third round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Most probably, Shapovalov would have withdrawn from Paris Masters because of post-season fatigue. According to ATPTour.com, he is currently competing in his 30th tournament of the year.

Nevertheless, the young Canadian is out, and American Mackenzie McDonald has replaced him in the main draw entry list. Besides, Australian John Millman is now next in line for direct entry in Bercy.

Fans will hope that second-seed Shapovalov has a deep run in the St. Petersburg Open 2021. Notably, his most difficult opponent in Russia would the home-favorite and first-seed, Andrey Rublev.

Denis Shapovalov’s 2021 tennis season

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Excluding St. Petersburg Open, Shapovalov has recorded a worrisome 26-21 win-loss ratio in 2021. On the other side, he finished runner-up in the ATP 250 Geneva Open.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov reacts during his third round match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Moreover, with his withdrawal from Paris, the Canadian rising star is out of the Race to the ATP Finals. Hence, he will be looking forward to concluding his 2021 season on a high in Russia.

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Above all, Shapovalov is a one-of-a-kind talent and will eventually prosper on the ATP Tour in the coming years. Do you think he will go all the way in Russia?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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