Denis Shapovalov will join Felix Auger-Aliassime, Steven Diez, Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin on Team Canada at the inaugural ATP Cup, held in Australia from 3-12 January. Canada will be competing in Group F in Brisbane, facing Germany, Greece and Australia.
The 20-year-old sits at a career-high No. 15 in the ATP Rankings after a season in which he won his maiden ATP Tour title in Stockholm (d. Krajinovic), reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Paris (l. to Djokovic) and made the semi-finals at the Masters 1000 event in Miami.
Shapovalov spoke to ATPCup.com about his fellow Canadians on Tour and why he enjoys being part of a team.
How much fun is it for you playing as part of a team?
It’s so much fun. From the moment I picked up a racquet, I was always watching team events like this. I’ve always wanted to represent my country in a team environment. It’s a different kind of atmosphere and a different kind of competition.
We don’t get to play on a team too much and it’s usually pretty independent, so any time you get to have that bond and represent your country is awesome.
How important is it for an individual sport like tennis to hold team events like the ATP Cup?
I think it’s great to have an event like this, especially at the start of the year... you get to bond with the other guys, as well as the teams from other countries. It’s exciting to have another competition where you get to represent your country.