“I don’t agree with the ATP” Denis Shapovalov unhappy with Wimbledon points removal after a shocking loss at the 2022 French Open

Holger Rune pulls off an upset as he eased past the world number 14, Denis Shapovalov. Shapovalov expresses his unhappiness with ATP's decision.

Holger Rune, Denis Shapovalov
Holger Rune, Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov has blown hot and cold this clay season. Andy Murray knocked him out in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open. He then made a quarterfinal appearance in the Italian Open, where he lost to Casper Ruud, and then just a week earlier, he was the third seed in Geneva Open and lost a hard-fought opening match.
In the first round of the French Open 2022, Shapovalov faced an in-form teenage sensation Holger Rune, coming off his first title win in Munich, where Rune knocked out Alexander Zverev, the world number 3. He then made the semifinal appearance in Lyon, losing to Cameron Norrie, the tournament’s eventual winner.

It was an exciting clash between two young stars (one is admittedly a bit older than the other) as the two battled it out, with Rune getting the better of Shapovalov and defeating the Canadian 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(4) to advance to the second round of the French Open.

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Denis Shapovalov will take a huge fall in ATP ranking.

Denis Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov would have hoped for a different result, but the young Dane came out all guns blazing to quash the number 14 seed and end his hopes of a good run at the French Open. Shapovalov was quite unhappy about both the match and the Wimbledon mess going on.

Question: You say obviously personally you do get affected by losing the points from Wimbledon. What are your thoughts on the decision in general, Wimbledon’s decision and then the ATP’s decision to remove the points?

Denis Shapovalov answered:

“I mean, yeah, I don’t agree with either. I think first of all, if you have a pro competition, that everybody should be competing. I completely understand the politics and the situation they’re in. But again, if you have a tennis tournament that’s supposed to have the best athletes in the world, it shouldn’t matter where you’re from, this and that, you know? So everybody should be competing.”

“I also don’t agree with the ATP to take out all the points. The most guys it’s affecting are the guys in the top rankings. Obviously Novak, me, Hubi, Berrettini, who is not playing here, we’re going to drop a lot. So it’s difficult. Yeah, it’s difficult. I think they could have gone with it a different way, maybe keep 50 percent like they have in the past or some kind of fairness. But even a guy like Fucsovics is going to drop out of the top 100, you know.”

Denis would have liked to do some damage control in the French Open, but it was unfortunate that he made so many unforced errors and lost in the opening round.

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