Ugo Humbert backhand

“I really enjoy playing on this surface”- Humbert embraces clay after top ten win

Rising French star Ugo Humbert has said that he enjoys playing on clay after his win over Daniil Medvedev at the Hamburg European Open last night.


22-year-old Humbert defeated the Russian in straight sets in the opening round of action at the tournament to pick up his first ever win over a top ten player on the ATP Tour. “The victory is really good. There are plenty of positives” commented the Frenchman after his win yesterday.

The world number 41 also said “I really enjoy playing on this surface [clay],” which may bode well for his chances at his home Grand Slam tournament at the French Open this year and in the future.

Humbert currently sits at a career high ranking and won his first ATP Title in Auckland back in January, as well as reaching the second week at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at Wimbledon last summer. The Frenchman looked primed for a breakthrough season before tennis was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He reached the second round at the US Open a few weeks ago and will be hoping for a better run at his home tournament of Roland Garros, which starts this Sunday. The Frenchman will face Jiri Vesely next in Hamburg.

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