Hubert Hurkacz and Alex De Minaur are the first ATP tournament champions in 2021. In the final in Delray Beach, Florida, the Pole defeated the American Sebastian Korda (119th ATP) 6: 3, 6: 3.
The final played in a small town in South Florida started with two games won by Korda, but Hurkacz’s quick pursuit of a young rival (the son of two-time Australian Open champion Petra Korda was born in Bradenton in 2000) turned out to be very effective.
Almost every slightly longer exchange gave the Pole points, the strong service also served him well, so the victory was certain, the more so as the rival’s knee hurt a bit. Four matches won (without losing a set) gave Hurkacz the second single success in the ATP cycle, again in the USA (previously in Winston Salem), ranking points (250), a bonus of 30 840 from a pool of almost 350 thousand. dollars (the proportions of payouts in times of the pandemic improved in favor of those who dropped out in earlier rounds) and a cup and a nice sports car in navy blue with an increase in self-confidence before the Grand Slam, not to mention.
The success of the Polish racket No. 1 also brought a lot of pleasure to a handful of fans with white and red flags (1/4 of the capacity of the stands were admitted). At Delray Beach, Marin Cilić, Mardy Fish, Lleyton Hewitt, Todd Martin and Kei Nishikori once won.
The Australian Alex De Minaur (23rd ATP), who played only two games in the final, became the champion of a similar ATP tournament held in Antalya. Aleksander Bublik from Kazakhstan gave the match 0: 2 due to an ankle injury.
The WTA 500 tournament in Abu Dhabi, opening the women’s season, ended with Aryna Sabalenka’s success. Like Hurkacz and De Minaur, the Belarusian (10th WTA) was seeded from No. 4. She won the seventh career title, defeating Weronika Kudermietowa from Russia 6: 2, 6: 2 in the final. Sabalenka moves up to seventh place in the world on Monday.
Most of the tennis players from the top of the WTA and ATP rankings will move to Melbourne with special charters in the next few days. It’s time for a two-week (January 16-31) quarantine and tournament week before the Australian Open (February 8-21).
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