Canadians took over the courts at Wimbledon on Sunday, with Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) becoming just the third Canadian in history to clinch a junior Slam singles title, while Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) fell to Andy Murray in the men’s championship match in the first-ever appearance by a Canadian man in a Grand Slam singles final.
With his 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Australian Alex De Minaur in the boys’ final, No. 5-seeded Shapovalov joined Eugenie Bouchard (2012 Wimbledon) and Filip Peliwo (2012 Wimbledon and 2012 US Open) as Canadian singles winners at junior Slams. The victory marked his 12thin a row as he entered the event fresh off a title at a big pre-Wimbledon junior tournament in Roehampton. It is his second junior Grand Slam title as he and fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal) clinched the Junior US Open doubles trophy last September.
The two young Canadians were actually one set from also capturing the Junior Wimbledon doubles crown on Sunday, but Shapovalov and 15-year-old Auger-Aliassime were stopped 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to No. 2 seeds Kenneth Raisma of Estonia and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.
“Canadian tennis is moving forward a lot,” Shapovalov said. “Hopefully it doesn’t stop here. Even the next generation can see it’s possible and start working hard and we will have more Grand Slam champions in the future.”