Frazier Interviews Hubi

So…this happened today…

Hubert (Hubi) Hurkacz was summoned to do a press conference after his win today against Thomas Fabbiano. When he got there, there were no journalists on the Zoom, so he just sat in awkward silence, waiting. After a bit, he was allowed to leave.

He was cool about it. Polite and laughed it off. Turns out, this was an ill-communicated press conference and there were no journalists in the Zoom! That’s unfortunate because you have the winner of the last Masters 1000 event in front of you. He’s not one of the Big Three, or a trouble maker who makes a fool of himself on court. If you ask me, that makes him more interesting! I would have a lot to ask! I want to know more!

Tiny confession…my human is half Polish, so we are huge fans of anything that is from Poland! We make sure Grandma knows that Poland is being proudly represented on both the men’s and women’s tennis tours. I like Hurkacz, Kubot and Swiatek! And the others!

Anyway, I thought maybe I could right this wrong, and interview him, myself! Now, I know it takes two people to conduct an interview and I haven’t been in touch with Hubi. I’ve never been to journalism school, so some of my questions might not fit into a traditional press conference room setting, but seeing how the other journalists had ZERO questions, I figured I’d try my paw at an interview! Here we go!

  1. How did you feel you played on court today?

2. It took three sets to secure your win? Was there any point in the match when you thought you’d lose?

3. You had your first Masters 1000 win in Miami last week! Congratulations! What did you do to celebrate?

4. With only a week between tournaments, how do you find the transition from hard court to clay courts?

5. Are you a fan of clay? What’s your favorite shot on clay?

6. What’s your favorite tournament and why?

7. How often do you get to go home to Poland?

8. I see that you were born and raised in Wroclaw! That is one of my favorite cities! Do you have a favorite gnome?

9. You play Dan Evans next. What do you think of him as a person? Are you friends with him on tour?

10. How will you prepare for the match?

OK, well thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and good luck with the rest of the tournament!

Until next time, Furriends….

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Three Random Thursday Musings

What should be a slow tennis news week has turned into “What’s happening now?” Some good news, some bad news, and some news that’s not news at all.

I saw today in tennis news that young Canadian rising star, Felix Auger-Alliassime, has added Uncle Toni to his weaponry on the eve of the Monte Carlo Masters next week! To which I say…Yes, please! I fully support this decision. Felix is raw talent and who better to assist on the clay than Rafa Nadal’s forever-coach, Uncle Toni Nadal!! This makes me so happy, I could roar!

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Image: @felixtennis

I also saw on the news today that the French Open is being postponed by one week. What??? They are saying the reason is due to France’s third national lockdown due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. I’m no scientist, but will a week really make a difference? I appreciate them trying to be safe. And these are difficult decisions to make, especially when it impacts the players and the rest of the tour schedule. But a week? Hmmm….It’s just a total drag! That is all!

And third, I just want to mention how happy I am to see Ash Barty back on tour. She’s one of my favorite female players and she basically nowhere to be found last year (on tour)! So, I am super excited to see her playing again! I am an Ash fan!

Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with the trophy after winning her match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the finals at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Barty won 6-3, 4-0, as Andreescu retired due to injury. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Image: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Until next time, Furriends….

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Final Showdown in Acapulco

I hope you made a final visit to the Acapulco Lounge last night before the Love Boat left port because the Final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex Zverev was a real showdown!

When I first turned in, Tsitsipas was up 4-1 in the first set. I had secretly predicted that Zverev would not be strong enough (mentally) to take down Tsitsipas. I thought this match would be a quick one so, I closed me eyes for a brief cat nap and woke up to Zverev up 5-4! Meow! I was NOT expecting that. Shortly after, Zverev wrapped up the first set 6-4.

The second set was much tighter! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! It’s hard to watch these two, if I’m being purrfectly honest. Tsitsipas is a very arrogant player and Zverev looks lethargic between points. And to top it off…every time Zverev has to take a second serve, you never know what’s going to happen! A wicked dink into the net? Wildly wide? Just right? Who knows!

Well, Zverev pulled it off and won the second set in a tiebreak!

Alexander Zverev posing for the camera: ATP 500 - Mexican Open
Image: © Reuters/CARLOS PEREZ-GALLARDO

One of the main reason’s I love this tournament so much is the trophy!! They get a pear!! And a sombrero! I just absolutely love it!

This next week, they will travel to Miami, keeping with the beach tennis theme! Apparently Zverev is the one to beat, with the absence of Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Thiem. I’ll still watch! Some of the best tennis happens without the Big Three.

See you in Miami!

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