All You Need to Know About Hubert Hurkacz’s Coach, Craig Boynton

Published 04/03/2021, 1:48 PM EDT
Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland salutes the crowd after his match against Andrey Rublev of Russia (not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Polish No.1, Hubert Hurkacz, has put in some strong performances that have justified the talent he has. Throughout his career, he has had shuffling of coaches. But a consistent run with his current coach, Craig Boynton has given the young Polish star a good run of form. Read further to know about his coach.

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Craig Boynton is a veteran coach who started coaching Hurkacz back in 2019. Under Boynton, Hurkacz has won two titles and importantly reached the Miami Open final in 2021. Under Craig’s guidance, Hurkacz reached his highest ranking of 28th.

Mar 30, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland hits a forehand against Milos Raonic of Canada (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Who has Craig Boynton coached earlier?

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Craig Boynton has been a tennis coach since 1993. He has coached the likes of Jim Courier, Mardy Fish, and John Isner. He coached former World No.1, Jim Courier, for two years. Furthermore, he worked with former USA number one John Isner. Boynton also coached Steve Johnson. Boynton hails from Ohia, USA, and is an avid baseball fan as well.

Craig Boynton compares Hubert Hurkacz to Andy Murray

Boynton in the past has spoken highly of his pupil. He even went on to compare him to former World No.1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.

“I think if you look at him, people have said he kind of mirrors, Andy Murray, with a similar routine on returns, a little bit of a similar backhand“He’s a little taller than Andy. Andy’s movement was phenomenal. But Hubi’s a very good athlete, too,” Boynton said.

Apr 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland hits a forehand against Andrey Rublev of Russia (not pictured) in a men’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Boynton sees a different spark in Hurkacz. The coach sees the visible difference between when he started coaching Hurkacz. He admires his professionalism and work ethic.

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“The work and improvements here and there are great, but his willingness to want to come back the next day after something bad happens with a good attitude and that he is willing to work and willing to be coached, that is what I admire the most.”

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland celebrates after match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hurkacz turned pro in 2015, and a major improvement that he would want to see now is a better Grand Slam performance. Craig Boynton might continue the upward trend with Hurkacz and produce a worthy Grand Slam performance.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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