Shapovalov begins season with 1st-round exit at ASB Classic
Rising Canadian tennis star made 78 unforced errors against Portuguese opponent
Denis Shapovalov opened his season with a loss on Monday, falling to Joao Sousa 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the ASB Classic at Auckland, New Zealand.
"Denis is a great player and I knew he was playing great tennis," Sousa said. "It was the first match of the year for both of us, which is not easy."
Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., is ranked 27th in the world.