Ugo Humbert: A Childhood Dream Come True
By Le Figaro with AFP
Published yesterday at 9:34 p.m., Update yesterday at 10:44 p.m.
Winner of the Metz tournament, Ugo Humbert expressed his immense satisfaction. He reminisced about his childhood days when he used to watch the matches after school and now finding himself as the champion of the tournament.
Did your victory in Halle (2021), an ATP 500 tournament, have more prestige? Ugo Humbert: According to Jo Tsonga, winning at home in Metz holds a special significance. Personally, I experienced overwhelming emotions. It was like a dream come true. The emotional impact was even stronger than in Halle. This victory has been a long-standing aspiration for me. In the initial years, I felt the pressure to prove myself. However, this week, I approached the tournament with a different mindset. I realized that the spectators were there to support and encourage me, and I wanted to give them this moment. It’s truly gratifying to see a local player from Metz win. I am extremely proud of this achievement.
Do you remember your first visit to the Moselle Open?
I must have been around five or six years old when I attended the tournament for the first time. I might have even witnessed its inaugural edition. I watched almost all the finals. After school, I eagerly went to the matches. Tennis has always been my passion, and I wanted to witness the brilliance of the world’s best players. I saw Djokovic, Murray, and my childhood idol, Jo Tsonga, lifting the trophy. It was truly inspiring, and it solidified my determination to pursue a career in tennis.
It was the fourth ATP final of your career, and you have never lost one. How do you explain it?
Initially, when I played my first Challenger finals, I faced defeat. However, I soon realized that a final is not just played, it is won. Since then, I have performed exceptionally well in every final. I consider it an incredible challenge, and I believe I have no other option but to emerge victorious. I have managed my finals effectively, delivering outstanding performances that have resulted in remarkable outcomes.
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