Hubert Hurkacz

Hubert Hurkacz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈxubɛrt ˈxurkatʂ]; born 11 February 1997)[2] is a Polish professional tennis player. Hurkacz reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 28 on 3 February 2020,[3] and he is current Polish No. 1.

Hubert Hurkacz
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Hurkacz at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Poland
ResidenceWrocław, Poland
Born (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 23)
Wrocław, Poland
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2015
(two-handed backhand)
CoachCraig Boynton
Prize moneyUS$ 2,155,757
Career record45–51 (46.9% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 28 (3 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 34 (9 November 2020)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French Open2R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US Open2R (2018, 2020)
Career record10–20 (33.3% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 72 (9 November 2020)
Current rankingNo. 72 (9 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2020)
French Open2R (2020)
US Open1R (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.”[4]

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.[5]


2018: French Open second roundEdit

Hurkacz playing at the 2018 Washington Open

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.[6] He lost in the second round to third seed Marin Čilić in four sets.[7]

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.[8] In 2018, Hurkacz received a nomination for the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] At the 2019 Rogers Cup, Hurkacz defeated Taylor Fritz and Stefanos Tsitsipas before losing a third round match to Gaël Monfils.[14] 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).[15] 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.[16] 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.

Since tennis stopped on March 8th due to COVID-19 pandemic Hurkacz resumed training with his coach Craig Boynton at the Saddlebrook Academies in Florida.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

Hurkacz continued at the 2020 French Open where he was seeded at No. 29. In the first round he lost to Tennys Sandgren in five sets.[20]

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.[21]

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.[8] 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.[22]

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.”[23]


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.[5]

Performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Current through the 2020 Paris Masters.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
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
National representation
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
Career Statistics
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Career
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
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 0–4 7–11 25–24 15–13 48–55
Win–Loss %  –  25% 0% 39% 51% 54% Career total: 47%
Year-End Ranking 620 383 238 86 37 $2,030,423


Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
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.

Significant finalsEdit

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2020 Paris Masters Hard (i)   Félix Auger-Aliassime   Mate Pavić
  Bruno Soares
6–7(3–7), 7–6(9–7), [10–2]

ATP Tour career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–0)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
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

Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP Finals (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (1–0)
ATP Tour 500 (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 (0–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–0)
Indoor (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2020 Paris Masters, France Masters 1000 Hard (i)   Félix Auger-Aliassime   Mate Pavić
  Bruno Soares
6–7(3–7), 7–6(9–7), [10–2]

Challenger and Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (5–4)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (3–2)
ITF Futures Tour (2–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
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

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (3–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2015 Poland F4, Bytom Futures Clay   Szymon Walków   Jan Kunčík
  Petr Michnev
7–5, 5–7, [8–10]
Loss 0–2 Jan 2016 Germany F2, Kaarst Futures Carpet (i)   Alexander Bublik   Danylo Kalenichenko
  Denis Kapric
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
  Tom Schönenberg
2–6, 6–7(7–9)
Win 1–3 Nov 2016 Germany F17, Leimen Futures Hard (i)   Aleksander Charpantidis   Marvin Möller
  Tim Rühl
6–1, 6–3
Win 2–3 Apr 2017 Qatar F3, Doha Futures Hard   Milos Sekulic   Anderson Reed
  Sem Verbeek
1–6, 3–3 ret.
Win 3–3 Aug 2017 Poland F9, Bydgoszcz Futures Clay   Michał Dembek   Karol Drzewiecki
  Maciej Smoła
6–2, 6–7(9–11), [10–6]
Loss 3–4 Aug 2017 Poland F10, Poznań Futures Clay   Michał Dembek   Artem Smirnov
  Volodymyr Uzhylovskyi
4–6, 2–6

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Loss 2015 Australian Open Hard   Alex Molčan   Jake Delaney
  Marc Polmans
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.

Player Years Matches Record Win% Hard Grass Clay Carpet Last Match
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
Total 2018–2020 34 13–21 38% 11–16

Statistics correct as of 17 October 2020.

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.

Season 2019 2020 Total
Wins 4 1 5
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score HH Rank
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.


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