Monte Carlo birthday for Shapovalov

Roger Federer gets his annual birthday cake in Canada. Rafael Nadal gets his at the French Open.

But if you can’t have a Slam birthday, Monte Carlo is a pretty good second choice.


As long as Canadian Denis Shapovalov plays the event – this year is his debut; he meets qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday – he should be good for dessert.

Shapovalov turned 19 on Saturday. There to witness the fireworks was mascot Stormy.

Countryman Félix Auger-Aliassime gave him a lovely shutout on Instagram (note the pic to commemorate the occasion).

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