Tennis

Denis Shapovalov drops opener at Next Gen Finals

18-year-old Canadian is the youngest player in the field

The Associated Press

November 07, 2017

Canada's Denis Shapovalov returns the ball to Hyeon Chung of Korea during the ATP Next Gen tennis tournament. (Luca Bruno/The Associated Press)

Canada's Denis Shapovalov dropped a 1-4, 4-3 (5), 4-3 (4), 4-1 decision to South Korea's Hyeon Chung in his opening match Tuesday at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals.

Shapovalov, 18, is the youngest player in a field that includes eight of the best 21-and-under players on the ATP Tour.

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The tournament continues through Saturday at the Fiera Milano stadium.

Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., reached a career-high ranking of No. 49 last month. He currently holds the No. 51 position.