Richmond Hill’s Denis Shapovalov has been honoured with the Lionel Conacher Award after being named the 2017 Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year, the Canadian Press announced on Tuesday morning.
— The Canadian Press (@CdnPress) December 26, 2017
The ‘Summer of Shapo’, as it has become known, was really the decisive factor in the award. Shapovalov became the youngest player in history to reach the semi-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal and proceeded to qualify for the US Open, where he would go on to make the fourth round.
Shapovalov was also nominated to play in the inaugural Laver Cup following his successful summer on the North American hard courts and he qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan this past November.
This is the first time Shapovalov has been in year-end award discussions and he’s taken some of the honours home. He was also named Tennis Canada’s Male Player of the Year, ATP Most Improved Player of the Year, ATP Star of Tomorrow and he was a nominee for the Lou Marsh Award.
Shapovalov joins Milos Raonic (2013, 2014) as the only tennis players to win the award. In other words, a Tennis Canada athlete has claimed the award in three of the last five years.
Such a huge honour https://t.co/OE9a5DCMXi
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) December 26, 2017
Shapovalov will begin his 2018 season at the Brisbane International, beginning the week of January 1.