Denis Shapovalov was born on April 15, 1999 meaning he is currently 22 years old. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, it is arguable that Shapovalov always had tennis in his blood.
His mother was part of the Soviet Union tennis team prior to the collapse of the state. And it was she who first coached him when he showed an interest in the game.
The family then moved from Israel to Canada; it was here that Shapovalov developed his game. His mother became a coach in a club, where young Denis would also learn his craft.
Eventually she would establish her own academy solely to teach her son. And, after a promising junior career, he turned pro and hasn’t looked back since.
Shapovalov is a tennis player who many believe is destined to for big things in the sport. His consistent performances have seen many peg him as a future Grand Slam winner.
The southpaw has been a consistently threatening presence in ATP events or Grand Slams in recent years. And, at 22 years of age, there is also every reason to believe he will get better and better.
Shapovalov is a player who is comfortable with both his backhand and forehand. Indeed, he is one of few to enjoy a one-handed backhand with left topspin.
He’s used the move on a fairly regular basis and often to devastating effect. The Canadian’s extremely dominant forehand is also a massive asset.
Besides this, he possesses good athleticism and the type of self-confidence needed to make it at the top of the sport.
Here we take a look at the rising star’s relationship status, as well as the girlfriend of Denis Shapovalov.
Denis Shapovalov and girlfriend Mirjam Bjorklund first got together in June 2019. However, their relationship became public on October 20, 2019.
This was the same day Shapovalov won the Stockholm Open, his first and only title till date. The two shared a warm hug after the final ended.
Since their relationship went public, they’ve been more visible on each other’s social media as well. The two post pictures together on a regular basis.
2021 was an up and down year for Denis Shapovalov. After making the top 10 of the rankings in 2020, many expected him to kick on in 2021.
However, it is safe to say that didn’t happen. He made it to the finals of two ATP 250 tournaments but didn’t win either of them. Thus, he ended the year without having won a single title.
To make things worse, he developed an unfortunate knack of losing to players lower in the rankings than him. After Wimbledon, he lost in the first round of three straight events to lower-ranked players.
However, the season did have some high points, the most notable of those being at Wimbledon. He made it to the semi-finals before losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
But he got some notable scalps along the way, including two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Shapovalov beat the Scotsman in the third round.
Mirjam Bjorklund is currently ranked 290 in the WTA singles rankings, and 211 in the doubles rankings. Given she’s far off the top 100 as of now, she is playing in ITF events rather than WTA ones.
The start of the year saw her grind it out in qualifying for ITF tournaments, with mixed results. However, things began to look up as the year went on.
Bjorklund made the semis of an ITF/Tennis Europe event at Germany in July and then won a similar event in Belgium. She then made the finals of an ITF event in Italy but lost.
She won an ITF/USTA title to finish her year on a high, meaning she won two singles ITF titles. Bjorklund also had some success in the doubles ranks, where she won a further two titles.