Visa issue, not Yom Kippur reason behind Denis Shapovalov’s withdrawal from Tokyo

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 | 0

When Denis Shapovalov pulled out of the Japan Open in Tokyo, there were speculations that it could be due to Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur is known to be the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Devotees observe the day with 25 hours of fasting, besides offering prayers in the synagogue.

But Shapovalov, who was born in Israel to a Jewish mother, had to withdraw from the ATP 500 event due to visa issues.

Tennis Life reports that the 18-year-old Canadian didn’t have the required visa to be a part of the tournament.

Shapovalov will head to China for next week’s ATP 1000 Masters event in Shanghai, for which he received a wildcard entry.

Interestingly, Israeli tennis star had Dudi Sela retired during his quarter-final match at the Wuhan Open to observe Yom Kippur on Friday.


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