ASB Classic confirm signing of 'the future of men's tennis' for 2018 tournament

One of the brightest young stars will be heading to New Zealand for next year's ASB Classic, with teen sensation Denis Shapovalov signing on to compete in the January tournament.

After a sensational rise in 2017, in which the 18-year old defeated both Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro on his way to the semi-finals of August's Montreal Masters, Shapovalov also became the youngest player in 20 years to advance to the round of 16 at the US Open.

Just this week, Shapovalov has broken into the world's top 50 ranked players, bringing his hot form to Auckland's tournament next year.

In a statement ASB Classic tournament director Karl Budge spoke about the excitement at securing the signature of the youngster.

"This is the signing we have wanted all year. There is no question he is the future of men's tennis and what he's achieved this year has been staggering," he says.

"Every year we are asked can we get Federer or Nadal here. We've had them both. This is your opportunity to see this kid who is the hottest property in tennis right now. You don't want to miss your chance."

The ASB Classic begins in Auckland on January 1 2018.