On the eve of his U.S. Open qualifications début, Denis Shapovalov is, most likely, still working hard.
Only last week, we were treated to a full practice session from the 18-year-old, in which the focus was, almost exclusively, on his volleys.
Under the tutelage of his coach, Martin Laurendeau (perhaps the most underestimated in the business, but a truly amazing teacher), the young Canadian worked hard on this lethargic aspect of his game. You can see part of their work in the video above.
Asked about the work he is doing to improve this particular part of his game, Shapovalov explained:
“I think the volleys are a big part of my game and I feel like last week, I was missing quite a bit. So me and Marty, we wanted to clean that so I wouldn’t miss them all again. Marty told me from the beginning that it’s going to be at least three years until I can really get my volleys going, so every day, every week, we’ve put work into it.”
Those who will be present at the U.S. Open qualifications will be able to watch the world N°69, tomorrow. Second seed of the event, he will face local player Denis Kudla.