Tennis: Ugo Humbert, new French leader?

Holder of a Master’s degree in sports journalism, I fell in love with tennis since childhood and have always loved reading the great stories of this sport. Today, I want to tell them about them, take full advantage of my passion and be as close as possible to the aces of the circuit.

Very solid on Tuesday against Stan Wawrinka for France’s debut in the final phase of the Davis Cup, Ugo Humbert, 36th in the world, could establish himself as the main face of French tennis at the end of the season. Ranked just behind Adrian Mannarino (34th), the French number 2 is gradually returning to the heights he experienced in 2021, when he found a place in the top 30.

At only 25 years old, Ugo Humbert went through a big slump in 2022 after having had a good season a few months earlier. The French left-hander redid his cherry on the circuit Challenger and must now succeed in his return to the top on the circuit ATP. Engaged during the Davis Cup this week, he will have to prove himself against already formidable opponents.

A Grand Slam illumination

In his career, Ugo Humbert only played in the round of 16 once in 2019 Wimbledonwhere he bowed to Novak Djokovic. The Frenchman has difficulty confirming in major events and he is looking for a big result in each tournament of the Grand Slam. This year, he was a little disappointed since he was eliminated from the start at Wimbledon et al’US Open without offering much. “I don’t even want to talk about this match anymore, I completely missed it, I felt a little guilty about it. It did me good to do another week of training, I was at the end of the American tour, it was a little harder at the end” he declared about his match against Matteo Berrettini.

Carried by nostalgia

In great form for his first match in Davis Cup this week, he who discovered the joys ofFrance team earlier this year, Ugo Humbert surrendered to The team concerning the issues surrounding this competition. “I watched all the matches on TV when I was young with my father on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I never missed a match! It’s still a special feeling to play for France. It’s different from the circuit, you really don’t want to give up a point for the team, which supports you” he confides.

A strong end to the season?

This year, Ugo Humbert has only climbed the rankings. At the very start of the year, he was outside the top 100. But he has not yet dazzled as during his title at Halle in 2021, the biggest of his career, where he eliminated Zverev, Repeat, Auger-Also et Rublev. On Thursday, he will likely come up against the Australian number 1, Alex de Minaur, a player in very good shape in recent weeks. It’s now or never Ugo Humbert to show things.

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