Hurkacz, the vegan giant that surprised the circuit


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Hurkacz, the vegan giant that surprised the circuit

Hubert Hurkacz woke up on April 5, 2021 as the No. 16 in the world. He is 24 years old and has won two titles this season, more than any other player. Who is the new appearance of the circuit?

Category 97, the same as Alexander Zverev, Hurkacz played the 2018 Next Gen that Stefanos Tsitsipas would end up winning. Just one of the rivals he had in his week in Miami 2021.

Despite not being the Big 3 in the first Masters 1000 of the year, Hurkacz had a tough ride: beat four Top 20 players in Miami. In addition to Tsitsipas (5th), he beat Rublev (8th), Shapovalov (11th) and Raonic (19th).

His 196 centimeters have been on a vegan diet since 2018. “It was a bit of recommendation and also watching food programs. I started to feel very good, with more energy and I kept doing it.”

His mother, Zosia Maliszewska, was a junior champion in Poland and was the gateway for the boy Hubert to try the white sport at the age of five. The uncles of the new Miami champion (Lech and Tomek) also took up tennis, and his grandfather was an international volleyball player.

His professional debut took place in 2015 and his Davis Cup debut is a good memory for Argentina: in the 2016 series, for the last 16 of the unforgettable Davis that the team led by Daniel Orsanic would win. Hurkacz fell on that occasion to Leonardo Mayer in straight sets.

In 2019, he added American Craig Boynton as coach, who coached Jim Courier, John Isner and Mardy Fish. Boynton compared Hurkacz to Andy Murray.

With Boynton as coach, Hurkacz won his first title in 2019, beating Benoit Paire in Winston-Salem in the final. At the start of 2021, he would repeat surface and country: Delray Beach 2021. His third title was also in the United States and it was also in concrete: Miami Masters 1000.

Hurkacz reached 16th in the world but still lacks to be the highest ranked Pole in history: Wojtek Fibak was 10th in 1977. Although it is undoubtedly the golden era for Poland: Iga Swiatek won Roland Garros last year and also it is installed in the Top 20 of the ranking.


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