Shapovalov, Wu get Shanghai wild cards

Denis Shapovalov may not be able to play Tokyo this week, because of visa issues.

But the silver lining is that he’s directly into the next Masters 1000 event in Shanghai next week.

The Shanghai Rolex Masters announced that Shapovalov and US Open junior boys’ champion Yu Wibing have been given the first two main draw wild cards into the tournament.

It begins Oct. 9.

“These two young men have produced some outstanding tennis this year and it is exciting to watch them taking their early steps on the world tour,” tournament Director Michael Luevano said in the press release.

Wu, who is just 17, went straight from winning the boys’ title in New York to winning the appropriately-named Road to the Rolex Shanghai Masters Challenger event the very next week.

Fed’s original tourney announcement

The Shanghai Rolex Masters is a Masters 1000 tournament. It is also – obviously – sponsored by Rolex.

Rolex is one of Roger Federer’s major sponsors.

So it’s not likely he’s going to miss it, if he’s healthy. 

Still, the announcement that the Wimbledon champion would, indeed, be taking part in the tournament this year was done in a really fun, original way. 

Not for Federer the 20-second self-video, non-landscape format, shaky-handed announcements that generally get posted on tournament Facebook pages.

He demands production values!