Australian Open: “Man with a Hammer” is waiting for the Pole. Who is Hubert Hurkacz’s rival?

In the first round of the Australian Open Hubert Hurkacz will face someone equal to himself. At least in terms of height. Yegor Gerasimow measures 196 cm, exactly like the Polish tennis player. Both gentlemen have already met. Then the Wrocław citizen did not give the Belarusian a chance, and the media wrote that the Pole had fun with his rival. The duel of both men took place in August last year, in the second round of the US Open. Hurkacz easily won 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 3.

Tennis has not always been his passion, and Gerasimov could not decide for a long time what to choose in his life. – At first I didn’t like tennis. Until I was 16, I didn’t think tennis would ever become my job. When I was a kid, I thought about becoming some kind of computer scientist. I wanted to do something related to computers – said the currently leading Belarusian tennis player in an interview with the portal.

Boris Becker, Pete Sampras or maybe Andre Agassi? None of these things. Gerasimov had completely different idols than the world’s tennis stars. His favorite player Maks Mirny only recently retired. Gerasimov supported his compatriot, because he feels like a great Belarusian patriot. However, he avoids commenting on Alexander Lukashenka. – I am proud to be able to play for Belarus. As a child, I dreamed of representing my country. This is my homeland, I love it very much. That’s why Maks Mirny was my idol. He always wanted to play and win for his country – he said in an interview.

His greatest success was the final of the Maharashtra Open in India, where he lost to Jiri Veseli. In addition, he managed to record single victories over competitors from the world’s best. After winning with Mateo Berrittini, he did not hide his joy. – This is my biggest win so far – he said. When asked to characterize Daniil Medvedev’s game, he said that the Russian is an octopus on the court, because his hands reach everywhere. He then described himself as “a man with a hammer”.

Now the “man with the hammer” wants to catch Hurkacz, but the Pole is the definite favorite of this clash. The tournament will start on Monday.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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