Poland, Sporting family, Miami: 10 questions about Hubert Hurkacz
Hubert Hurkacz is one of the rising stars on the ATP Tour. From a talented family, he’s already won four titles and is set to win many more. Here are 10 questions about the young Pole
Who is Hubert Hurkacz?
Hubert Hurkacz is a professional tennis player from Poland who competes on the ATP Tour. He was born on February 11, 1997 in Wroclaw, Poland and still lives in his home town.
Why is Hubert Hurkacz in the news?
Hurkacz has had a breakthrough season and featured in the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin in November 2021. He finished the round-robin stage with a record of zero wins and three losses.
The Polish player started the 2021 season ranked 35th and won his first career singles ATP Masters Series title at the Miami Open in March. The Pole, seeded 26th, upset five seeded players – No 6 Denis Shapovalov, No 12 Milos Raonic, No 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No 4 Andrey Rublev and No 21 Jannik Sinner to win the title.
He also won the titles in Metz and Delray Beach, and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon, where he defeated Roger Federer in the quarter-finals in straight sets before going down to Matteo Berrettini.
How tall is he?
The Pole measures 6ft 5in (1.96m) tall and weighs 81kg according to the official ATP Tour website.
Who are his parents?
The parents of Hubert Hurkacz are Krzysztof Hurkacz and Zosia Maliszewska-Hurkacz. His mother was the No 1 junior in Poland and his uncles also played tennis, while his grandfather was an international volleyball player.
“The (sporting) genes, the motivation in the family, the love for the sport. I think they have helped me a lot,” he said, according to lastwordonsports.com.
Does he have brothers and sisters?
Hubert Hurkacz he has a younger sister, Nika, who also plays tennis and is hoping to be a professional. She is 10 years younger than Hubert.
When did he start playing tennis?
Hubert Hurkacz began playing tennis at the age of 5. Watching his mother play tennis made him want to do the same thing.
When did he begin his professional career?
Hubert Hurkacz turned professional in 2015. He played his first match in a Davis Cup tie in 2016 against Argentina. Then ranked No 602, he played Renzo Olivo, the world No 167, in a dead rubber. On the tour, his first success came in 2018, in the first round at Roland-Garros, where he beat the American, Tennys Sandgren. Hurkacz won his first ATP Tour title in Winston-Salem in 2019, becoming the second Polish man in history to win an ATP event, after Wojtek Fibak.
Who is his coach?
His coach is the American, Craig Boynton, who coached Jim Courier, Mardy Fish, John Isner and still coaches Steve Johnson.
What is his best result at a Grand Slam?
As of November 2021, his best result at a Grand Slam event has been reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2021. Hurkacz stunned eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals at the All England Club, winning 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 to hand the Swiss a rare bagel on the tour. He was defeated by Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, in the semi-finals 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4.
Is Hubert Hurkacz active on social media?
Yes, the Pole is active on social media. He has an Instagram account where he is followed by 112,000 people. He posts regularly, mostly photos of himself on the court. Hubert Hurkacz also has a Twitter account, with 41,300 followers. His Facebook page has 73,000 followers.
What makes Hubert Hurkacz special on the court?
As we are taught to keep our eyes on the ball when hitting, Hubert Hurkacz… closes his eyes!
“I confess, it’s true, I close my eyes when I hit the ball. In fact, I’ve probably always played like that, and it’s been a while since I’ve been noticed. I know it might help me sometimes to open my eyes when I hit the ball. So maybe in the future I’ll try to make a change,” he told L’Equipe in 2019