Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov met NBA legend Steve Nash and the former Canadian basketball player told him he was a big fan.
Shapovalov laughed after hearing that Nash was his big fan since he was always a big Nash fan and it felt surreal to hear those words from Nash.
“He said he’s a big fan & I kind of looked at him & laughed & said, ‘No, no, no, man, I’m a big fan!’ Just a really cool moment for me,” Shapovalov said of meeting Nash, per Mark Masters.
The Indian Wells Masters is being staged for the first time 2019 and Shapovalov admitted returning the place where the season stopped in 2020 felt a bit weird.
“It’s a little bit weird being back here because it’s kind of where everything started,” Shapovalov told reporters at a pre-tournament press conference. “It’s just been a lot [since then]. [I] definitely feel like a completely different player coming into the event this year. A lot more experienced, a lot more relaxed on the court.”
Shapovalov happy with his progress
Shapovalov hasn’t won a title this season but he has had some notable results as he made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal this year at Wimbldon.
“I’ve been through the ride a couple times now so I know exactly what to expect from myself,” Shapovalov insisted. “Just, overall [I’m] happy with the way I’ve been able to grow since everything kind of shut down [during the pandemic].”
A couple of days ago, Shapovalov earned a praise from renowned tennis coach Gunter Bresnik.
“The player I love the most on the tour is Denis Shapovalov, because he plays the most attractive tennis for me. Lorenzo Musetti and Holger Rune are also interesting to me. On the ladies’ side, I like Fernandez a lot, even though she lost in the US Open final. In terms of play and technique, his performance is the best I have seen in a long time,” Bresnik told Kleine Zeitung.