The Shanghai Rolex Masters today announced that US Open junior’s boys champion, China’s Wu Yibing and rising young Canadian Denis Shapovalov have been awarded the first wild cards to Asia’s biggest men’s tournament and only ATP Masters 1000.
“These two young men have produced some outstanding tennis this year and it is exciting to watch them taking their early steps on the world tour,” Tournament Director Michael Luevano said. “Wu Yibing became the first Chinese player to win the US Open junior boys title and in fact accomplished a rare double by also winning the junior boy’s doubles title.
Chinese tennis has been very successful over recent years in the women’s game and the sport in this country has been waiting to see players on the men’s side start to make a breakthrough. Wu Yibing could be just the player to do that. He followed up his US Open title by winning the Road to the Shanghai Rolex Masters Challenger and by getting to the final became the youngest Asian born player to achieve such a milestone in a decade.
“Denis meanwhile has made impressive strides on the ATP World Tour. In the last couple of months he has had wins over very big names including Rafa Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He is an exciting player to watch and tennis fans in Shanghai will certainly get a thrill to see him in action.”
17 year old Wu is from Hangzhou; he recently reached a career high ranking of 320 (currently 321). This year he also reached the semis of the Chengdu Challenger, won the Anning Futures and made the semis of the Futures event in Majadahnda, Spain.
Shapovalov is just a year older at 18. The left-handed Canadian became the youngest player to reach the quarters and semis of an ATP Masters 1000 since the category of tournament was created in 1990. He reached a career high ranking of 51 (currently 52) having started the year at 250.
He came though the qualifying rounds at the US Open to reach the last 16 upsetting Tsonga along the way. He was a semi-finalist in Montreal where he stunned Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro and cracked the world’s top 100 in August.
Shapovalov won Challengers in Drummondville and Gatineau, made the final of the Guadalajara Challenger and made the quarters or better at another two Challengers.