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05.08.2020 - 21:15 Uhr

Is #NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov making a return to the rap game?Judging by the 21-year-old’s social media activity, he is. The Canadian recently started a new Instagram account (, where he posted the teaser of a song called ‘Night Train’. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shapo ( on Jul 31, 2020 at 8:02am PDT“Night Train ... coming soon?” Shapovalov wrote in his post.The lefty has entered the rap scene before. At last year’s BNP Paribas Open, Shapovalov beat Steve Johnson in his opening match. The #NextGenATP star agreed with the Stadium 3 emcee that if he won his next match on that court, he’d rap. After defeating Marin Cilic in the Round of 32, the Canadian kept his word.“Definitely not ready, but I'll give it a go,” Shapovalov said to a cheering crowd.Denis Sh-RAP-ovalov ICONIC, @denis_shapo #BNPPO19— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 12, 2019“I'm here in Cali with the fans gettin' hella lit. Happy with the win today, now I gotta float a spit. Lovin' the support, I leave it all on the court. Fightin' like a wolf, I'll be back for more so take care and good night. Know this the good life. Hot tubs and court time. Thursday we back, ight!?”It was all in good fun. Even though Shapovalov was more focused on his match than being prepared to rap, he enjoys writing lyrics in his free time.“That was cool,” Shapovalov said in his press conference that day. “It's something I have been doing as a hobby. It's just a fun little part of me.”If Shapovalov does come out with produced music, perhaps he will soon have a new nickname; not ‘Shapo’, but ‘MC Shapo’.

04.08.2020 - 19:06 Uhr

Editor's Note: is resurfacing features to bring fans closer to their favourite players and tournaments during the current suspension in tournament play. This story was originally published on 2 August 2019.One of the golden rules in sport is to never take your eyes off the ball.But, during a remarkable rally at the 2019 Citi Open, Frances Tiafoe believed he had done enough to win the first point in a crucial game against Daniil Medvedev. He was wrong.[ATP HERITAGE]The exchange, which was featured as Play of the Day on ABC’s breakfast programme, Good Morning America, saw home favourite Tiafoe bring Medvedev to the net with a drop shot before flicking a backhand volley past his opponent and turning his back on the court. But, with impressive speed, Medvedev changed direction to track down the ball and chip it into the vacant space for a winner.Despite his lapse in concentration with Medvedev serving for the match, Tiafoe did manage to eventually break serve and reach 5-5. But Medvedev responded quickly to claim the win two games later, setting a quarter-final clash against Marin Cilic. The Russian reached the final, losing against Nick Kyrgios.

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