It’s not that hard of a name to master, is it?
Apparently it is in Australia, where a public address announcer completely butchered Denis Shapovalov’s last name when introducing the Canadian at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
How many extra syllables did he add?
(TennisTV 🎥) pic.twitter.com/PvXPor8NYc
— Sarah Claire (@BerdVolleys) January 2, 2018
Shapovalov, who is used to people messing up his last name, had a sense of humour about it:
Close enough https://t.co/oODgs2GNvN
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) January 2, 2018
After a breakout performance in 2017, it would be advisable to learn the name Shapovalov.
You know who has mastered it? This three-year-old:
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) January 2, 2018
Shapovalov certainly made a name for himself last year, being named 2017 Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year last week.
The 18-year-old was the upset king in Montreal last summer, defeating Rafael Nadal en route to a semi-finals appearance at the Rogers Cup. He followed that up by making the Round of 16 as a qualifier at the US Open, which included a win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
His world ranking shot up because of it, as the Canadian enters the 2018 season ranked 51st. He’s scheduled to make his first-ever men’s singles appearance at the Australian Open later this month.