POLE POWER! Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz Excite Home Crowd In Mixed Singles Event in Poland

Published 07/13/2021, 1:09 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz celebrates winning his fourth round match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Despite its popularity in several nations across the globe, tennis, as a sport, is yet to reach the masses in certain countries. Now, young and popular players like Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz have taken it their responsibility to promote the sport on their native country, Poland.

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Ahead of the inaugural WTA Poland Open, the duo played a couple of exhibition matches at the Arka Gdynia tennis club. Both Swiatek and Hurkacz have grown leaps and bounds on their respective tours in the last couple of years.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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When a young Swiatek stunned the likes of Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, and Sofia Kenin to clinch her maiden slam title at the French Open last year, it came as a pleasant surprise to many fans.

The Pole managed to retain the belief and performed above par at this year’s European clay-court swing as well. Despite not defending her Roland Garros, Swiatek proved that she was a player of merit by reaching the quarter-finals.

The pressure of defending a grand slam title got the better off the young Polish star as she crashed out in the quarters against Maria Sakkari on the Parisian clay. Moving onto Wimbledon, Swiatek managed to reach the fourth round(her best performance till date), where she lost to the in-form Ons Jabeur.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 22, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her round of 32 match against Britain’s Heather Watson Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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As she moves further on the WTA tour, the experience of defeat will help Swiatek to register more victories.

Coming to the other famous Polish tennis star, he recently produced a marvelous upset on the Center court at Wimbledon by defeating the eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Hubert Hurkacz stunned Roger Federer recently at Wimbleon

Despite a defeat in the immediate match against Matteo Berrettini, Hubert Hurkacz will forever remember the trip to glory he had this year at SW19. However, Hurkacz has been in the vicinity of tennis fans for a while.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz celebrates winning his quarter final match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Polish player lifted the Miami Open earlier this year after defeating the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Milos Raonic, Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, and Jannik Sinner. In a single tournament, Hurkacz managed to defeat almost all his contemporaries, which was a remarkable achievement.

Now, the duo(Swiatek and Hurkacz) came together for “Win the Dreams” charity event in Poland as they played a singles match and a mixed-doubles exhibition contest at Arka Gdynia tennis club.

Swiatek and Hurkacz played an exhibition match for a charity event in Poland

Incidentally, both the matchups were won by Iga Swiatek. After the contest got over, Swiatek and Hurkacz got together to take a few photos with the crowd.

Post her victory, both players were asked to write a message and sign on the camera. It appears that Swiatek wrote a long message and didn’t give space for Hurkacz to write his message.

All in all, it was a couple of fun-filled contests as two promising youngsters from Poland got together for a charity event and also to promote the sport in their nation.

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Iga Swiatek is all set to play at the Tokyo Olympics, which starts from the 23rd of this month. Hubert Hurkacz has also confirmed his participation in the event.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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