Hubert Hurkacz is a Polish professional tennis player, widely regarded as one of the best players his nation has produced.
Name: Hubert Hurkacz
Born: February 11, 1997
Turned Pro: 2015
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Hailing from Wroclaw, Poland, Hurkacz was born on the 11th of February, 1997 as part of a family with tennis in their blood. Hurkacz’s uncle Tomasz Maliszewski, being a three-time Polish national doubles champion.
Making his Grand Slam debut at the 2018 French Open, Hurkacz defeated Tennys Sandgren in the first round in four sets before losing to third seed Marin Čilić in the second round. Čilić would again thwart Hurkacz in the second round of the US Open later that year.
Reaching the quarter-finals at Indian Wells in 2019, Hurkacz would fall to Roger Federer in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
His first appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam came at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. After wins over Dušan Lajović and Leonardo Mayer, Novak Djokovic would prove a step too far in the third round. He claimed his first ATP Tour Title in Winston-Salem a few weeks later.
Alongside Felix Auger Aliassime, Hurkacz would claim his first Masters doubles title at the 2020 Paris Masters, defeating US Open champions Mate Pavić and Bruno Soares in the final.
Hurkacz’s first Masters singles title came at the 2021 Miami Open thanks to wins over Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Jannik Sinner.
Seeded 14th at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, Hurkacz had the best showing of his Grand Slam career reaching the semi-finals. After straight-set wins over Lorenzo Musetti, Marcos Giron and Alexander Bublik, Hurkacz prevailed in a five-set marathon against Daniil Medvedev to reach the quarters. In the last eight, Hurkacz would win 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 against Roger Federer in what would be the great Swiss’s final professional match. Despite defeat to Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals, he would rise to a career-high ranking of 11th.
After reaching the semi-finals of the 2021 ATP Finals, his ranking would climb even higher to number 9 making him the highest-ranked Polish man in ATP singles ranking history.
In 2022, Hurkacz claimed the first grass court title of his career at the Halle Open, defeating world number one Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Hurkacz would open 2023 with his best career performance at the Australian Open. Reaching the fourth round thanks to a straight set win over Pedro Martínez and two gruelling five-set victories over Lorenzo Sonego and Denis Shapovalov, a third consecutive five-setter would prove a step too far against Sebastian Korda in the fourth round.
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