Ugo Humbert Decides to End Season Early

Ugo Humbert Decides to End Season Early Photo: TT
Ugo Humbert, walks off the court after losing a quarterfinal match to Khachanov at the 2020 Olympics, July, 2021, Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky.

Ugo Humbert has withdrawn from the Rolex Paris Masters and Davis Cup, bringing his season to an early end, the Frenchman announced through social media Saturday.

The official statement reads: “Last few months were demanding, I, unfortunately, didn’t succeed to come back on Tour despite all my determination and effort.

At this point, it’s better to take care of myself to look forward to a great 2022 season, which is why I took the very hard decision to end my 2021 season.”

Ugo Humbert further added: “It’s frustrating to retire from Rolex Paris Masters and Dais Cup this year, the kind of events I’m waiting for, and I love the most. I wish all the best and a lot of success to all the French Team!

I would like to thank my whole team: my coaches, my family, loved ones, and sponsors for this season and their daily support. There will be better days, looking forward to seeing you in 2022.”

The World No. 29, who in 2021 represented his country in the Olympic games, has since struggled to find his best form on Tour.

The 23-year-old last played in September at the Open d’Orleans on the ATP Challenger Tour, falling to countryman Quentin Halys in the first round.

His latest tour-level appearance took place on home soil in Metz, where the sixth seed lost to Andy Murray 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.

And even though the overall results did not favor Humbert, back in June, he triumphed at the Noventi Open, held in Halle, Germany.

At the ATP 500 tournament, contested on grass-courts, he toppled world number six Andrey Rublev with a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory in the championship match.

In his on-court interview, he remarked: “It is incredible. It is the best victory of my career. Physically, it was tough, and I tried to take my chances when I could, and I won.”

In July, he competed for the first time at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, advancing to the quarter-finals, which he lost to eventual silver medalist Karen Khachanov in three sets.

In a bid to reach the ultimate stages of the competition, he outlasted Pablo Andujar, Miomir Kecmanovic, earning the biggest win of his career over world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Throughout the year, he made it through the quarter-finals in Stuttgart, Estoril, and at the Open Sud de France, advancing to the semi-final at the Open 13 Provence staged in Marseille, falling in straight sets to local finalist Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Humbert also recorded early exits at three of the four majors this season, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.

Early in February. Australian Nick Kyrgios prevented the three-time ATP titlist from advancing into the third round of the Australian Open.

France’s young star now focuses on the 2022 season, aiming to come back stronger, regaining the form that led him to reach a career-high of No. 25 for the first time in mid of June.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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