Hubert Hurkacz makes history for Poland with Paris Masters run
Hubert Hurkacz has enjoyed a career-best season in 2021, not only breaking milestones for himself but for his nation.
The 24-year-old has already claimed three ATP titles in 2021 to add to his first at Winston-Salem in 2019.
His Miami Masters triumph saw him leap from world number 37 to 16th in the ATP rankings. Hurkacz now sits at a career-high world number 10.
Moreover, he already has 10 more match wins in 2021 than he has ever claimed in a previous season. His win-loss record of 25-24 was a career-best at tour level, with Hurkacz’s 2021 record currently at 35-19.
Entering the Paris Masters, the Pole was in hot pursuit of qualifying for the ATP Finals for the very first time.
Regardless of whether Hurkacz appears in Turin, his run to the quarter-finals in Paris has already secured national history.
Hurkacz’s current ranking of 10th in the world is a joint men’s Polish record with Wojtek Fibak, who achieved the feat in July 1977.
Following his results in Paris, Hurkacz will earn a new career-high ranking of ninth when the ranking update. This places him as the stand-alone highest ranked Polish man since rankings began in 1973.
The highest ranked Polish player ever outright is Agnieszka Radwanska, who peaked at number two in the WTA ranking in July 2012.
Perhaps the next national milestone would be to join compatriot Iga Swiatek as a Slam champion. The WTA world number is the only Polish player ever to secure a singles Slam title.
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