Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert is currently World No. 71 in the ATP singles ranking, but he can be found at a much higher place in the doubles classification - being the actual World No. 19 and former No. 1. Herbert’s lack of trophies in his singles career is balanced out by his 18 ATP doubles titles - among which he counts one of each Grand Slam, seven Masters 1000, and the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals.
The French has affirmed himself as a very solid and driven player when it comes to this modality, seeming more at ease when he shares the court with a teammate. During this action-less period due to the professional Tours suspension, Herbert shared his story with Behind The Racquet, explaining among other topics why his doubles career has yielded more results than his singles one.
“No matter what I always tell people, I make sure they know my family was a big part of my journey,” Herbert said, explaining how his whole family had to make sacrifices to allow him the possibility of making a career out of playing tennis.
“Even after the struggles, we were united”. This, he hints, had an important impact on how he sees the game. “I have always been someone who loved team sports,” he said. “I played football until I was 14 years old.
I loved the fact that we were young kids playing for one another. I always played better when it was more than just me. It’s something I found in my doubles career, not being this egocentric player on the court. Between doubles, or having my family by my side, it has always been important to play for more than myself”.