Impressed by Iga Swiatek, Hubert Hurkacz hopes that he can also encourage Polish youth
By Chris Oddo | @ TheFanChild | Sunday 4th April 2021
Hubert Hurkacz was the first Pole to win a Masters 1000 individual title with his 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory Jannik Sinner on Sunday at the Miami Open, and the 24-year-old, who will climb to number 16 in the world on Monday, says he continues to be inspired by Iga SwiatekRoland Garros title in 2020.
"I mean, like I'm super proud of Iga," Hurkacz told reporters in his virtual press conference after the final on Sunday. “What she did there at the French Open was incredible. I think that gave us, me, me and the younger players in Poland the belief that it was possible to win these big titles. "
Swiatek was an absolute tour de force in Paris last year. She didn't drop a sentence and became the youngest French Open champion in 28 years. Their victory has inspired millions in their homeland and Hurkacz hopes he can inspire the Poles too.
“I mean, hopefully like my game I can inspire some people in Poland and hopefully they enjoyed it there. Yes, I'm super, super proud to be Polish and I'm grateful for the support I get. "
Trust grows with the greatest gain
When asked if his appearance at the Miami Open was the best tennis he had ever produced, Hurkacz quickly agreed.
"I've played (some) of the best tennis I've ever played," he said. “I was solid throughout the tournament and was able to get through every round. I was even more excited about the next round. I think this is special to me. Yes, my tennis is getting better. I mean, we work hard with my coach and we are super happy that it happened here. Yes, we have to improve a few things and just try to get better every day. "
Hurkacz has spoken about how trust helps him get his best tennis out. It was evident throughout the week that he felt more comfortable imposing himself on top players like that Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublevand again in the final.
"If you win the tournament like this, I think you get extra motivation and confidence:" Okay, you can do it like you've gotten through some really tough moments, "" he said.
Much like his good friend and sometimes doubles partner Jannik Sinner, Hurkacz says that he hopes to keep improving over the course of the season.
"I'm just going to try to get better every day and work with CB (his coach Craig Boynton) to be a better player, a better competitor," he said. "I'm going to focus on the step we're taking so we're just trying to improve every day and yes, this tournament was the effect of that."