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#GETONTHECOURT | SPRING 2016 13 SHAP: Unbelievable experience to hit with my idol...seeing him on the other side of the net and it dawned upon me that that I was hitting with the winner of numerous grand slam titles. I was really nervous at first, but got into a good rhythm and settled down. I tried my best to enjoy the experience. KV: Did Fed or Edberg give you any specific feedback? SHAP: No, but Edberg told my coach that I was progressing nicely! KV: You have met your TC performance standards for the past three years meeting the gold standard each year, so needless to say, you are tracking well in respect to your development as a tennis player. Why aren't you training full time at the NTC in Montreal? SHAP: I have a great team in place right now! I don't want to leave my family and I have a great relationship with my coach…I think they do a lot of group training at the NTC in Montreal and that doesn't suit me. I have a great bond with my current team: my parents, Coach Adriano, my sponsor, so, I don't need to break that positive bond. I am in a good place right now as far as my training is concerned. Also, my current coaches have brought me along this far; whereas, the team in Montreal may not know my needs better than my current team. KV: Several months ago during a meeting I had with a few Ontario coaches, ONE coach commented: " Denis' attitude has done a complete 180 degree turn in the past five years…his behaviour now on and off the court is exemplary" – is this a matter of maturity OR have you had to work at this? Who has mentored you through this process? SHAP: My level of maturity has come a long way and it hasn't been easy. I think both my mom and Adriano feel that attitude is really important and key in achieving success in life, so I am continually pushed by them. I still have the odd meltdown and it is frustrating for me as well as my coaches…like, I said, it is something that I am always aware of and committed to improving. At a certain point, a player has to recognize that getting mad and crying/whining is no longer going to help. DENNIS SHAPOVALOV IMAGE VIA ITF.COM 2015 CHAMPION INDOOR & OUTDOOR JUNIOR NATIONALS 2015 CHAMPION $10,000 ITF PRO EVENT FLORIDA 2015 DOUBLES CHAMPION US JUNIOR OPEN W. FELIX AUGER ALIASSIME 2015 FIRST PLACE JUNIOR DAVIS CUP 2016 SEMI FINALIST $50,000 ATP CHALLENGER DRUMMONDVILLE 551 ATP MEN'S RANKING MARCH 2016 Ta Ck

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