‘I am trying to play as few tournaments as possible,’ admits Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov says he is trying to play as few tournaments as possible this year as Covid protocols are ‘taking a toll’ on him.

Shapovalov made a successful start to his Dubai campaign on Tuesday, beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-3.

Afterwards, though, he lifted the lid on how tough life has been for players in the bio-secure Covid bubble that operates at tournaments now, and it goes a long way to explaining the spate of withdrawals we have seen in the last couple of weeks.

“I’ve been trying to stay out of the bubble as much as possible,” Shapovalov said.

“After Australia I felt like it took a toll on me, so I came to Dubai just to practice and relax, and pulled out of Rotterdam because I didn’t feel ready.

“I am trying to play as few tournaments as possible and sometimes new tournaments [for him] like this one helps because it’s something new, it doesn’t feel like a routine.

“It’s something to look forward to when you play new tournaments.

“I feel like it’s more interesting because everything is new: the courts, the restaurant, its a new experience, so it’s a little bit easier for myself.

“I definitely don’t want to play too much this year if it’s going to be a bubble life because it is extremely difficult mentally to be locked up like this.

“Of course it’s amazing to play, but as the weeks go on, you kind of lose that passion for tennis and a lot of players are struggling with that.

“So we are trying to take the approach of kind of minimizing that as much as possible and just enjoying every match that I do go out and play this year.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

Rafael Nadal has prompted ‘unprecedented interest’ in Citi Open, says tournament chief

Rafael Nadal has 'the whole town buzzing' for his first ever appearance at the Citi Open, says the event's tournament director.Nadal skipped Wimbledon and...

‘There is nothing better than this,’ declares Alexander Zverev as he wins Olympics gold

Alexander Zverev says the is 'nothing better' than winning an Olympics gold medal after he heat Karen Khachanov in the final.Zverev became the first...

Olympic bronze medal is ‘best title of my career,’ says Pablo Carreno Busta after Novak Djokovic upset

Pablo Carreno Busta described his Olympics bronze medal as 'the best title of his career' after beating Novak Djokovic.Carreno Busta faced the world number...

‘This is for Roger Federer and Martina Hingis,’ says Olympics gold medal winner Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic won the women's singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics before dedicating it to compatriots Martina Hingis and Roger Federer.Bencic was not...

‘I have played with pain and exhaustion,’ admits Novak Djokovic after Olympics disappointment

Novak Djokovic revealed he is suffering from 'abnormal pain and exhaustion' after he left the Olympics without a medal.Djokovic lost his semi-final to Alexander...

‘I feel terrible,’ admits Novak Djokovic as bid for Golden Slam ends in Tokyo

Novak Djokovic says he 'feels terrible' after his loss to Alexander Zverev in the Olympics semi-finals.The world number one started the match brilliantly and...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here