Besides winning 20 Grand Slam titles in his career, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is also known for his great attitude on and off the court towards fans as well as his fellow professional tennis players. Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz was the latest player to speak glowingly about Federer's attitude, saying that the Swiss player is a very open and modest person.
Hubert Hurkacz says Roger Federer is a very open and modest person
Speaking to Polsat Sport, a Polish Sports channel, the 29th ranked Hurkacz, who has played Federer just once on the tour so far, says, "It is said that most people who play tennis professionally are fascinated by Roger Federer.
He does not build walls, although theoretically he could say - I'm enclosing myself. Ever since my first big tournament, and later on as well, I could casually talk to him. He’s a very open and modest person. It’s really cool."
Hurkacz also spoke about the general atmosphere in the men's locker room. "Everyone says hi to each other. I think there is generally a good atmosphere in the tennis world. Most players like each other. They are usually very positive and open-minded people."
23 year old Hubert Hurkacz reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 28 earlier this year and is the current Polish No. 1 player. As a junior, Hurkacz reached the 2015 Australian Open boys' doubles final. In 2018, he qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals and last year, he won his first ATP title in Winston-Salem by beating Frenchman Benoît Paire in the final.
His best result in a Grand Slam has been reaching the third round at Wimbledon in 2019. Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles—the most in history by any male tennis player. He has been World No. 1 for 310 weeks and is currently ranked No.
4 in the world. Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles, six Australian Open titles, five US Open titles and one French Open title, and is one of eight men to have achieved a Career Grand Slam. Federer has said he will not play again this year due to a knee injury for which he underwent surgery and that he would return to the tour next year.