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Hubert Hurkacz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈxubɛrt ˈxurkatʂ]; born 11 February 1997)[2] is a Polish tennis player. Hurkacz reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 35 on 26 August 2019.[3] 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.

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 22)
Wrocław, Poland
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachCraig Boynton
Prize money$1,517,157
Singles
Career record31–36 (46.3% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 35 (26 August 2019)
Current rankingNo. 36 (9 September 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French Open2R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US Open2R (2018)
Doubles
Career record0–6 (0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 266 (26 February 2018)
Current rankingNo. 639 (19 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open1R (2019)
US Open1R (2019)
Last updated on: 25 August 2019.

Early life and backgroundEdit

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 to continue his education. In 2014, Hurkacz belonged to the group of the most talented young Polish tennis players, including Kamil Majchrzak and Jan Zielinski.[4]

CareerEdit

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

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

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

At the 2019 Rogers Cup, Hurkacz defeated Taylor Fritz and Stefanos Tsitsipas before losing a third round match to Gaël Monfils.[13] Two weeks later, Hurkacz defeated Benoît Paire to win his first ATP title in Winston-Salem.

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.[7] 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.[14]

CoachesEdit

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.[4]

ATP Tour career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Legend
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

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: 0–1Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner–up 2015 Australian Open Hard   Alex Molčan   Jake Delaney
  Marc Polmans
6–0, 2–6, [8–10]

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (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.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
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 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0-0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–4 0 / 7 4–7
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 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 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 10–6 0 / 8 10–8
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0
Career Statistics
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 8 19 27
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 0–4 7–11 23–18 31–36
Win–Loss %  –  25% 0% 39% 56.1% 46.27%
Year-End Ranking 620 383 238 86 $1,316,962

Statistics correct as of 24 August 2019.

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
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 have been ranked No. 1 in boldface.

Player Years Matches Record Win% Hard Grass Clay Carpet Last Match
  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
Total 2018–2019 15 5–10 33% 4–6
(40%)
0-1
(0%)
1–3
(33%)
-
(-)
Statistics correct as of 14 July 2019.

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

Hurkacz has a 4–6 (.400) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Season 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 4 4
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score HH Rank
2019
1.   Kei Nishikori No. 6 Dubai Tennis 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2015-02-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Hubert Hurkacz - Overview - ATP Tour - Tennis". ATP Tour.
  4. ^ a b Media, Wirtualna Polska (14 March 2019). "Hubert Hurkacz: ambitny dżentelmen, "słodki chłopak" - WP SportoweFakty". sportowefakty.wp.pl.
  5. ^ "Tennis: Poland's Hubert Hurkacz into second round of French Open". Polskie Radio dla Zagranicy.
  6. ^ Walton, Darren (29 June 2018). "Kyrgios draws Istomin for Wimbledon opener". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ a b "Marin Cilic vs Hubert Hurkacz: US Open second round preview and prediction". RealSport. 30 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Nominees Revealed For 2018 ATP World Tour Awards Presented By Moët & Chandon". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  9. ^ Tiernan, Eamonn (12 January 2019). "Hurkacz wins Canberra Challenger and now faces tall task in Melbourne". Canberra Times.
  10. ^ "Tsitsipas, Monfils Extend Winning Streaks, Reach Dubai Semi-finals". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  11. ^ https://www.thestatszone.com/2019-eastbourne-international-steve-johnson-vs-hubert-hurkacz-preview-prediction
  12. ^ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019/07/novak-djokovic-survives-hurkacz-onslaught-advances-four-sets/83205/
  13. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/news/tsitsipas-hurkacz-montreal-2019-wednesday
  14. ^ Media, Wirtualna Polska (13 March 2019). "Wojciech Fibak pod wrażeniem gry Huberta Hurkacza. "Kroi się nam wielki sportowiec" - WP SportoweFakty". sportowefakty.wp.pl.

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