Hubert Hurkacz taking his historic rise ‘step by step’
Hubert Hurkacz is forging a monumental path for himself and his nation as he enters the ATP Finals ranked ninth in the world.
The 24-year-old’s ranking is a new career-high for him. It also makes him the highest ranked male Polish player ever, surpassing Wojtek Fibak who reached a career-high of 10th.
Hurkacz is also following in Fibak’s footsteps as the second Pole ever to compete at the ATP Finals. He snatched the final qualifying position with his results at the Paris Masters.
However, the Miami Open champion is remaining grounded despite his achievements, as evidenced by a recent social media post.
“Step by step” he tweeted with an infographic of himself ranked ninth in the world.
Hurkacz still has a way to go before he can claim the status of the highest ranked Polish singles player of all time.
That crown belongs to Agnieszka Radwanska. The 32-year-old claimed a career-high of world number two immediately following her run to the 2012 Wimbledon final.
— Hubert Hurkacz (@HubertHurkacz) November 8, 2021
At the ATP Finals, Hurkacz joins fellow debutant Casper Ruud alongside six others with a combined eight titles at the elite event.
Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini complete the line-up.
Djokovic has won the Finals five times, with Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev boasting one title each in 2020, 2019 and 2018 respectively.
Djokovic is guaranteed the year-end number one spot for a record seventh time following his sixth Paris Masters triumph.
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