“Super Proud of Iga”: Hubert Hurkacz on Iga Swiatek’s French Open Victory

Published 04/04/2021, 11:10 PM EDT
Apr 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland poses with the Butch Bucholz trophy after his match against Jannik Sinner of Italy (not pictured) in the men’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The spectacular Miami Open 2021 came to an end with Polish professional Hubert Hurkacz lifting the trophy. He defeated the 19-year-old Italian muscle Jannik Sinner to become the first player from Poland to win a Masters 1000 title.

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At 5-6 in the opening set, the match seemed to be going the Italian’s way. But the 24-year-old kept his composure and confidence and got the better of his opponent. He won the trophy in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

After the match, the Polish talked about the achievement of his fellow countryman Iga Swiatek last year. Hurkacz further expressed the role of his coach in the victory and the confidence attached to the title.

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Hubert Hurkacz hopes to inspire young people as Iga Swiatek

To begin with, Hubert Hurkacz praised Iga Swiatek, the only Grand Slam champion from Poland. He said that he hoped to be as inspiring for the next generation as her.

“I was super proud of Iga (Swiatek) when she won Roland-Garros. If my game can inspire young people in Poland as well, I’m happy,” Hubert said.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Iga Swiatek of Poland poses on the rooftop of Les Galeries Lafayettes Rue de la Chaussee d’Antin with the Suzanne Lenglen Cup following her victory in the Women’s Singles Final against Sofia Kenin of The United States of America on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open on October 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Without a doubt, the Polish No. 1 played at the top of his game relentlessly throughout the two weeks. While he words what the win means to him, he does not forget to mention his coach Craig Boynton.

He said, “I play the best tennis I ever played. I was solid all the tournament. We worked hard for it with my coach. It’s a huge tournament for me, my best title ever. Winning a tournament like this gives extra-confidence.”

Exceptionally, Hubert has a 10-0 record in Florida so far as he also picked up the season opener Delray Beach trophy. He had then revealed that he had spent almost half of the year in Florida in 2020.

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What is next for Hurkacz in 2021?

Apr 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Hubert Hurkacz of Poland (L) shakes hands with Jannik Sinner of Italy (R) after their match in the men’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hubert entered Miami as World No. 37 and left from there as 16th in the world. Now, he would aim to build up his breakthrough season over his incredible win.

Notably, Miami was the last big hard-court tournament from the first quarter of 2021. All players will now move on to the exciting and esteemed clay-court season.

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Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 event will begin the proceeding, starting from March 11. This time, Hubert will play in the company of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Let’s see what outcome he will bring there.

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