Hubert Hurkacz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈxubɛrt ˈxurkatʂ]; born 11 February 1997) is a Polish professional tennis player. Hurkacz reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 28 on 3 February 2020, and he is current Polish No. 1.
Hurkacz at the 2019 French Open
|Born||11 February 1997|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Prize money||US$ 2,155,757|
|Career record||45–51 (46.9% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 28 (3 February 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 34 (9 November 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2020)|
|French Open||2R (2018)|
|US Open||2R (2018, 2020)|
|Career record||10–20 (33.3% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 72 (9 November 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 72 (9 November 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2020)|
|French Open||2R (2020)|
|US Open||1R (2019)|
|Last updated on: 9 November 2020.|
As a junior, Hurkacz reached the 2015 Australian Open boys' doubles final. In 2018, he qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals held in Milan, where he won against Jaume Munar and lost to Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas. In 2019, he won his first ATP title in Winston-Salem by defeating Benoît Paire in the final. His best result in a Grand Slam has been reaching the third round, which he achieved at Wimbledon in 2019.
Early life and backgroundEdit
Hurkacz comes from a family of athletes. His mother, Zofia Maliszewska-Hurkacz was a junior tennis champion back in Poland, both his uncles were tennis players, while his grandfather was a volleyball player at an international level. When asked whether that has shaped him to be the athlete he is today, Hurkacz replied, “The [sporting] genes, the motivation in the family, the love for the sport. I think they have helped me a lot.”
Hurkacz began playing tennis at the age of five after his mother introduced him to the sport. As Hubert's mother practiced tennis, her son was watching and also wanted to try. It was his mother and father Krzysztof who became his first teachers. Then "Hubi" enrolled in classes and played more and more often. He became interested in professional tennis, while watching Roger Federer on TV. If tennis was not part of his future, he would have most likely chosen basketball, motor racing or continue his education. In 2014, Hurkacz belonged to the group of the most talented young Polish tennis players, including Kamil Majchrzak and Jan Zielinski.
2018: French Open second roundEdit
Hurkacz played in the main draw at the 2018 French Open and defeated Tennys Sandgren in the first round. This marked his first victory at a Grand Slam and at any ATP main draw event. He lost in the second round to third seed Marin Čilić in four sets.
In August, Hurkacz made his US Open debut. He began in the qualifying and was aiming to reach his third straight Grand Slam main draw as a qualifier. He did so, beating John-Patrick Smith, Egor Gerasimov and Pedro Martinez Portero, all in straight sets, to reach the US Open first round. There, he faced Stefano Travaglia who, like many others, fell victim to the extreme heat and retired. In the second round, Hurkacz lost to the 2014 US Open champion Marin Čilić. This was the second meeting between Čilić and Hurkacz. The first had come in the second round of Roland Garros earlier that year, when Hurkacz was playing at his first Grand Slam and was fresh from claiming his first Tour-level win against Tennys Sandgren. In 2018, Hurkacz received a nomination for the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award.
2019: First ATP titleEdit
Hurkacz started his season at the 2019 Maharashtra Open in Pune, India. He continued at the Canberra Challenger, where he won the title after defeating Ilya Ivashka in the final. Hurkacz followed that up by making his debut at the Australian Open. He faced one of the best servers on the Tour, drawing Ivo Karlović in the opening round at Melbourne Park. After winning the first set, Hurkacz lost the match in four sets, all of which were tiebreakers. At the 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships, he defeated Corentin Moutet in the first round and then went on to win against No. 1 seeded player Kei Nishikori, which marked his first ever win against a top 10 player. Hurkacz lost in the quarterfinals in three sets to the eventual runner-up of the tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In March, Hurkacz played at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, where he made it to the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career. On his way to the quarterfinals, he defeated Kei Nishikori in the third round and Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round. In the quarterfinals, he lost to Roger Federer. Following Indian Wells, Hurkacz achieved a new career high singles ranking of world No. 54. He continued at the 2019 Miami Open, where he defeated Matteo Berrettini in first round. In the second round, Hurkacz took down the 2019 BNP Paribas Open champion, Dominic Thiem, in straight sets before falling to Félix Auger-Aliassime in the third round.
At the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open, Hurkacz defeated Alex de Minaur and Lucas Pouille. He lost to Alexander Zverev in the third round after winning the first set. He continued at the French Open, where he lost to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round.
Hurkacz later produced an upset in the first round of the 2019 Eastbourne International, with a victory over seventh seed Marco Cecchinato in just over an hour. He then defeated Steve Johnson in the second round. In the quarterfinals Hurkacz lost a tight match against the eventual champion Taylor Fritz.
For the first time in his career, Hurkacz reached the third round of a Grand Slam. At Wimbledon, he defeated Dušan Lajović and Leonardo Mayer to set up a third round match with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. For two sets, Hurkacz gave Djokovic all he could handle before eventually succumbing to the top seed in four sets. At the 2019 Rogers Cup, Hurkacz defeated Taylor Fritz and Stefanos Tsitsipas before losing a third round match to Gaël Monfils. Two weeks later, Hurkacz defeated Benoît Paire to win his first ATP title in Winston-Salem. In October Hubert Hurkacz prevailed over Gael Monfils in straight sets in the second round of the Shanghai Masters (tennis). In the third round he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
2020: Top 30 ATP rankingEdit
At the 2020 ATP Cup Hurkacz defeated a trio of higher-ranked opponents: Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman and Borna Coric. Sixth seed Hurkacz picked up where he left off at the ATP Cup, advancing to the semifinal of the ATP Auckland Open with victories over Lorenzo Sonego, Mikael Ymer, and Feliciano López. Seeded at No. 31 at the 2020 Australian Open, Hurkacz reached the second round, defeating Dennis Novak before falling to John Millman in straight sets.
Playing at the Rotterdam Open Hurkacz lost a three set 1st round match to Stefanos Tsitsipas. He continued in doubles with Félix Auger-Aliassime. To reach the quarter final they defeated third seeds Nikola Mektić and Wesley Koolhof. At the 2020 Dubai Tennis Championships Hurkacz lost to Alexander Bublik in the first round.
In May, Hurkacz played at the UTR Pro Match Series presented by Tennis Channel, a two-day round-robin tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida. Four top 60 ATP players including Hubert Hurkacz, Miomir Kecmanovic, Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul (tennis) competed in the inaugural edition from May 8–9, 2020.
In August Hurkacz traveled to New York City for the Western & Southern Open. In the first round he lost to John Isner. He continued at the 2020 US Open (tennis), where he defeated Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. In the second round he lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Seeded 5th at the Austrian Open Kitzbühel Hurkacz defeated João Sousa in the first round. At the 2020 Italian Open (tennis) Hurkacz defeated 2020 US Open quarter-finalist Andrey Rublev before falling to eighth seed Diego Schwartzman in the third round.
Hubert Hurkacz and Felix Auger-Aliassime ended the six-match winning streak of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo to reach their maiden doubles team final at the 2020 Rolex Paris Masters. They defeated US Open champions Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares in the final.
Playing style and equipmentEdit
Hurkacz is a big-hitter, which is no surprise given that he stands 6’5”. He is an effective server and can hit powerfully from both his forehand and backhand. But, like many of the Tour's more powerful players, consistency is an issue. Hurkacz plays solidly from the back of the court. He plays a low, flat and dangerous ball, while holding the ball in the court. Everyone talks about his serve and forehand, but his backhand is even better than his forehand. All in all, he is an excellent, versatile player who can attack, accelerate and defend, believes former top 10 player Wojciech Fibak.
Over the years Hurkacz worked on mastering the “Hubert dive shot” and has made quite a reputation as a diver on court. “I always enjoy grass courts, when you play on the hardcourt or clay court it’s probably better not to dive as when you’re falling down from the dive you can scratch yourself, on the grass, it’s pretty comfortable. Sometimes, trying to get to a ball which is pretty far away, you just have to do it.”
In the early years (2010–2016), Hurkacz was coached by Filip Kańczuła. In 2017, he continued with Wrocław coaches Alexander Charpantidis and Paweł Stadniczenko, who shaped the tennis career of Michał Przysiężny, while Przemysław Piotrowicz was responsible for physical preparation. In 2018, "Hubi" decided to work with New Zealander Rene Moller, who appeared at his side during the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan later that same year. Under his leadership, Hurkacz won the Challenger in Canberra and strengthened himself in the top 100. At the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, Hurkacz began his coaching partnership with Craig Boynton, who worked with such players as Jim Courier, Mardy Fish, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson.
Current through the 2020 Paris Masters.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||Q2||1R||2R||0 / 2||1–2|
|French Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||0 / 2||1–3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||3R||NH||0 / 2||2–2|
|US Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||0 / 3||2–3|
|Win–Loss||0-0||0–0||0–0||2–3||2–4||2–3||0 / 9||6–10|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||0 / 0||0–0|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||QF||NH||0 / 1||4–1|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||3R||NH||0 / 1||2–1|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||NH||0 / 1||0–1|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||3R||NH||0 / 1||2–1|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||Q1||3R||0 / 1||2–1|
|Canadian Open||A||A||Q1||Q1||3R||NH||0 / 1||2–1|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||1R||3R||NH||0 / 2||2–2|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 1||0–2|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–2||10–8||2–3||0 / 13||14–13|
|Tournaments||0||0||0||9||25||13||Career total: 47|
|Titles||0||0||0||0||1||0||Career total: 1|
|Finals||0||0||0||0||1||0||Career total: 1|
|Win–Loss %||–||25%||0%||39%||51%||54%||Career total: 47%|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||0 / 2||1–2|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||NH||0 / 0||0–0|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–2||1–2||0 / 4||1–4|
Statistics correct as of 9 November 2020[update].
Masters 1000 finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2020||Paris Masters||Hard (i)||Félix Auger-Aliassime|| Mate Pavić
|6–7(3–7), 7–6(9–7), [10–2]|
ATP Tour career finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||1–0||Aug 2019||Winston-Salem Open, USA||250 Series||Hard||Benoît Paire||6–3, 3–6, 6–3|
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||1–0||Nov 2020||Paris Masters, France||Masters 1000||Hard (i)||Félix Auger-Aliassime|| Mate Pavić
|6–7(3–7), 7–6(9–7), [10–2]|
Challenger and Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 9 (5–4)Edit
|Win||1–0||Sep 2015||Poland F5, Ślęza||Futures||Clay||Robin Staněk||6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Loss||1–1||Oct 2015||Portugal F12, Oliveira de Azeméis||Futures||Clay||Pablo Vivero González||6–3, 5–7, 3–6|
|Loss||1–2||May 2016||Czech Republic F3, Jablonec nad Nisou||Futures||Clay||Marek Michalička||6–3, 4–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Win||2–2||Apr 2017||Portugal F4, Lisbon||Futures||Hard||João Domingues||7–5, 6–1|
|Loss||2–3||Nov 2017||Shenzhen, China||Challenger||Hard||Radu Albot||6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–3), 4–6|
|Loss||2–4||Mar 2018||Zhuhai, China||Challenger||Hard||Alex Bolt||7–5, 6–7(4–7), 2–6|
|Win||3–4||Jun 2018||Poznań, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Taro Daniel||6–1, 6–1|
|Win||4–4||Oct 2018||Brest, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ričardas Berankis||7–5, 6–1|
|Win||5–4||January 2019||Canberra, Australia||Challenger||Hard||Ilya Ivashka||6–4, 4–6, 6–2|
Doubles: 7 (3–4)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Sep 2015||Poland F4, Bytom||Futures||Clay||Szymon Walków|| Jan Kunčík
|7–5, 5–7, [8–10]|
|Loss||0–2||Jan 2016||Germany F2, Kaarst||Futures||Carpet (i)||Alexander Bublik|| Danylo Kalenichenko
|7–6(7–2), 4–6, [7–10]|
|Loss||0–3||May 2016||Czech Republic F3, Jablonec nad Nisou||Futures||Clay||Szymon Walków|| Jan Choinski
|Win||1–3||Nov 2016||Germany F17, Leimen||Futures||Hard (i)||Aleksander Charpantidis|| Marvin Möller
|Win||2–3||Apr 2017||Qatar F3, Doha||Futures||Hard||Milos Sekulic|| Anderson Reed
|1–6, 3–3 ret.|
|Win||3–3||Aug 2017||Poland F9, Bydgoszcz||Futures||Clay||Michał Dembek|| Karol Drzewiecki
|6–2, 6–7(9–11), [10–6]|
|Loss||3–4||Aug 2017||Poland F10, Poznań||Futures||Clay||Michał Dembek|| Artem Smirnov
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit
|Loss||2015||Australian Open||Hard||Alex Molčan|| Jake Delaney
|6–0, 2–6, [8–10]|
Record against other playersEdit
Record against top 10 playersEdit
Hurkacz's ATP-only record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher, with those who have been ranked No. 1 in boldface.
|Number 1 ranked players|
|Roger Federer||2019||1||0–1||0%||0–1||–||–||–||Lost (4–6, 4–6) at 2019 Indian Wells Masters Quarterfinal|
|Novak Djokovic||2019||2||0–2||0%||–||0–1||0–1||–||Lost (5-7, 7-6(7-5), 1–6, 4-6) at 2019 Wimbledon 3rd Round|
|Number 3 ranked players|
|Dominic Thiem||2019–2020||2||2–0||100%||2–0||–||–||–||Won (3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)) at 2020 ATP Cup Group Stage|
|Alexander Zverev||2019||1||0–1||0%||–||–||0–1||–||Lost (6–3, 4–6, 4–6) at 2019 Madrid Masters 3rd Round|
|Marin Čilić||2018–2019||3||0–3||0%||0–2||–||0–1||–||Lost (6–7(5-7)), 4–6) at 2019 Paris Masters 1st Round|
|Number 4 ranked players|
|Kei Nishikori||2019||2||2–0||100%||2–0||–||–||–||Won (4–6, 6–4, 6–3) at 2019 Indian Wells Masters 3rd Round|
|Number 5 ranked players|
|Stefanos Tsitsipas||2018–2020||6||1–5||17%||1–5||–||–||–||Lost (7–6(7-2)), 3–6, 1-6) at 2020 Rotterdam 1st Round|
|Number 6 ranked players|
|Gael Monfils||2019||2||1–1||50%||1–1||–||–||–||Won (6–2, 7–6(7-1))) at 2019 Shanghai Masters 2nd Round|
|Number 8 ranked players|
|Matteo Berrettini||2019||1||1–0||100%||1–0||–||–||–||Won (6–4, 6–3)) at 2019 Miami Masters 1st Round|
|Diego Schwartzman||2020||2||1–1||50%||1–0||–||0–1||–||Lost (6–3, 2–6, 4-6) at 2020 Rome Masters 3rd Round|
|Karen Khachanov||2019||1||0–1||0%||0–1||–||–||–||Lost (4–6, 6–7(3-7))) at 2019 Vienna 1st Round|
|John Isner||2019–2020||2||0–2||0%||0–2||–||–||–||Lost (7–5, 6–4) at 2020 Cincinnati Masters 1st Round|
|Number 9 ranked players|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||2019–2020||2||0–2||0%||0–2||–||–||–||Lost (6–7(4–7), 7–5, 0–6) at 2020 Cologne 1 Quarterfinals|
|Number 10 ranked players|
|Denis Shapovalov||2019||2||2–0||100%||2–0||–||–||–||Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2019 Winston-Salem Semifinals|
|Andrey Rublev||2020||1||1–0||100%||–||–||1–0||–||Won (7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–2) at 2020 Rome Masters 2nd Round|
|Lucas Pouille||2019||3||2–1||67%||1–1||–||1–0||–||Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2019 Tokyo 1st Round|
|Ernests Gulbis||2019||1||0–1||0%||0–1||–||–||–||Lost (4–6, 6–7(5–7)) at 2019 Montpellier 1st Round|
|Statistics correct as of 17 October 2020[update].|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
Hurkacz has a 5–9 (.357) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||Kei Nishikori||No. 6||Dubai Championships, United Arab Emirates||Hard||2R||7–5, 5–7, 6–2||No. 77|
|2.||Kei Nishikori||No. 7||Indian Wells Masters, United States||Hard||3R||4–6, 6–4, 6–3||No. 67|
|3.||Dominic Thiem||No. 4||Miami Masters, United States||Hard||2R||6–4, 6–4||No. 54|
|4.||Stefanos Tsitsipas||No. 5||Rogers Cup, Canada||Hard||2R||6–4, 3–6, 6–3||No. 48|
|5.||Dominic Thiem||No. 4||ATP Cup, Sydney, Australia||Hard||GS||3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)||No. 37|
Statistics correct as of 17 October 2020[update].
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