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BRISBANE, Australia — Canadian tennis pro Denis Shapovalov lost his first-round match Tuesday at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
The 18-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., resident won his opening set 7-6 (5) against Britain's Kyle Edmund, but lost the next two 6-7 (4), 4-6.
Shapovalov began the tournament ranked No. 51 in the world while Edmund began play just one spot ahead at No. 50.
Shapovalov was last week voted the winner of the Lionel Conacher Award as the Canadian Press male athlete of the year.
He collected 20 of 64 votes (31 per cent) in a poll of broadcasters and sports editors from across the country.