Hubert Hurkacz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈxubɛrt ˈxurkatʂ]; born 11 February 1997 in Wrocław, Poland) is a Polish tennis player. Hurkacz reached a career high singles ranking of 41 on 13 May 2019. As a junior Hurkacz reached the final at the boys' doubles Australian Open in 2015. In 2018, he qualified for the Next Gen Finals held in Milan, where he won against Jaume Munar and lost to Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Hurkacz at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships
|Born||11 February 1997|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||19–30 (38.8% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 41 (13 May 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 48 (27 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2019)|
|French Open||2R (2018)|
|US Open||2R (2018)|
|Career record||0–4 (0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 266 (26 February 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 421 (20 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2019)|
|Last updated on: 28 May 2019.|
Early life and backgroundEdit
Hubert Hurkacz began playing tennis at the age of five after his mother introduced him to the sport. As Hubert's mother, Zofia, practiced tennis, her son was watching and also wanted to try. It was his mother and father Krzysztof who were the 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 just continue his education. In 2014 Hubert Hurkacz belonged to the group of the most talented young Polish tennis players including Kamil Majchrzak and Jan Zielinski.
2018: Grand Slam DebutEdit
Hubert 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 3rd seed Marin Čilić in four sets.
In August Hubert 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 Cilic and Hurkacz. The first came in the second round at Roland Garros earlier this year. Hurkacz was then playing in his first Grand Slam and was fresh from claiming his first Tour-level win against Tennys Sandgren before losing to Čilić in the second round. In 2018, Hurkacz received a nomination to the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award.
2019: First ATP Masters 1000 QuarterfinalEdit
Hurkacz started his season at the 2019 Maharashtra Open in Pune, India. Hurkacz continued at Canberra Challenger. In the final he defeated Ilya Ivashka to win the Canberra Challenger. Next he made his debut at the Australian Open. Hurkacz faced one of the best servers on the tour, drawing Ivo Karlovic in the opening round at Melbourne Park. After winning the first set, he lost the match in 4 sets, all of which tiebreaks. 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 ATP player. He lost in the quarterfinal 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 into the quarterfinal of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career. On his way to the quarterfinal he defeated Kei Nishikori in the third round and Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round. In the quarterfinal he lost to Roger Federer. Following Indian Wells Hurkacz achieved a new career-high ATP singles ranking of No.54. He continued at the 2019 Miami Open, where he defeated Matteo Berrettini in first round. In second round Hurkacz took down the 2019 Indian Wells champion Dominic Thiem in straight sets before falling to Félix Auger-Aliassime in 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 2019 French Open where he lost to world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round.
Hubert Hurkacz produced an upset in the first round at 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 quarterfinal Hurkacz lost a tight match to 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 Dusan Lajovic and Leonardo Mayer to set up a third round match with world No 1 Novak Djokovic. For two sets, Hurkacz gave Novak Djokovic all he could handle before eventually succumbing to the top seed in four sets.
Playing style and equipmentEdit
Hubert Hurkacz is a big-hitter which is no surprise when it is remembered 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 service and forehand, but his backhand is even better than the forehand. All in all he is a versatile, excellent tennis player who can attack, accelerate and defend, believes Wojciech Fibak, former top 10 tennis player.
In the early years (2010-2016) Hubert Hurkacz was coached by Filip Kańczuła. In 2017 he continued with Wroclaw 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 the New Zealander Rene Moller, who appeared at his side during the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan. Under his leadership, Hurkacz won the Challenger in Canberra and strengthened himself in Top 100. In 2019 at Indian Wells, 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.
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
|Runner–up||2015||Australian Open||Hard||Alex Molčan|| Jake Delaney
|6–0, 2–6, [8–10]|
Current through the 2019 French Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||Q2||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|French Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||0 / 2||1–2|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||3R||0 / 2||2-2|
|US Open||A||A||A||2R||0 / 1||1-1|
|Win–Loss||0-0||0–0||0-0||2-3||0-2||0 / 5||2-5|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||QF||0 / 1||4–1|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||3R||0 / 1||2-1|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||3R||0 / 1||2–1|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||Q1||0 / 0||0–0|
|Canadian Open||A||A||Q1||Q1||0 / 0||0–0|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0-1|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0-0||0-2||8-4||0 / 6||8-6|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||0 / 0||0–0|
Statistics correct as of 27 May 2019[update].
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0-0|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0-0|
|Win–Loss||0-0||0–0||0-0||0-0||0-1||0 / 1||0-1|
Record against top 10 playersEdit
Hurkacz's ATP-only record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher, with those who are active in boldface.
No. 1 in boldface.
|Kei Nishikori||2019||2||2–0||100%||2–0||–||-||-||Won (4–6, 6–4, 6–3) at 2019 Indian Wells 3rd Round|
|Lucas Pouille||2019||2||2–0||100%||1–0||-||1–0||-||Won (7–5, 6–1) at 2019 Madrid 2nd Round|
|Dominic Thiem||2019||1||1–0||100%||1–0||-||–||–||Won (6–4, 7–6(8–6)) at 2019 Miami 2nd Round|
|Roger Federer||2019||1||0–1||0%||0–1||-||-||–||Lost (4–6, 4–6) at 2019 Indian Wells Quarterfinal|
|Ernests Gulbis||2019||1||0–1||0%||0–1||-||-||–||Lost (4–6, 6–7(5–7)) at 2019 Montpellier 1st Round|
|Alexander Zverev||2019||1||0–1||0%||-||-||0–1||–||Lost (6–3, 4–6, 4–6) at 2019 Madrid 3rd Round|
|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|
|Marin Čilić||2018||2||0–2||0%||0–1||-||0–1||-||Lost (2–6, 0–6, 0–6) at 2018 US Open 2nd Round|
|Stefanos Tsitsipas||2018–2019||3||0–3||0%||0–3||–||-||–||Lost (6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–1), 1–6) at 2019 Dubai Quarterfinal|
|Statistics correct as of 14 July 2019[update].|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
Hurkacz has a 3–5 (.375) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||Kei Nishikori||6||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||2R||7–5, 5–7, 6–2||77|
|2.||Kei Nishikori||7||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||3R||4–6, 6–4, 6–3||67|
|3.||Dominic Thiem||4||Miami, United States||Hard||2R||6–4, 6–4||54|
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