Denis Shapovalov is finally starting his 2019.
Currently ranked no.27, the Canadian had a long break from competitions to choose to be back to the tour just 1 week before the Australian Open in Auckland where he is seeded no.7
The top seeds are John Isner, Fabio Fognini, Marco Cecchinato, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Hyeon Chung, Denis Shapovalov, and Gael Monfils.
The defending champion is Roberto Bautista Agut that last year defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in the final 6-1 4-6 7-5. The Spaniard may not defend his title this year as he is still competing in Doha where he is in the final following his win against Novak Djokovic.
Shapovalov’s next match and projected path in Auckland
Denis is projected to face the following players
R1 – Joao Sousa
R2 – Benoit Paire
1/4 – John Isner
1/2 – Pablo Carreno Busta
Fin – Fabio Fognini
Isner – Shapovalov
Carreno Busta – Chung
Cecchinato – Bautista Agut
Fognini – Monfils