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Davis Cup, junior Roland-Garros, Grand Slam quarter-finals, Fernando Vincente: 15 questions about Andrey Rublev – updated with YouTube interview

Andrey Rublev has established himself as a regular fixture in the men’s top 10. Find out the answers to some common questions you might have about the Russian

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Who is Andrey Rublev?

Andrey Rublev is a Russian tennis player. He has won 10 titles on the ATP Tour and won the Davis Cup for Russia in 2021 and his career-high ranking is No 5, reached in September 2021.

What is Andrey Rublev’s stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

Andrey Rublev has been outspoken in his wish for peace in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He wrote “No war please” on the camera after winning the title in Dubai and then reiterated his stance in his press conference and in a post on social media.

In a recent documentary with YouTuber Vitya Kravchenko in mid-July, Rublev said he tried to negotiate with the All England Club to be able to compete there – despite the blanket ban on all players from Russia and Belarus.

The Russian revealed that he offered several suggestions that could enable him and other Russians to play at Wimbledon without endorsing the Russian government’s actions in Ukraine.

“We offered some solutions that could be really helpful diplomatically – playing in mixed doubles with a Ukrainian player, not coming for the medals,” Rublev said. “We wanted to use the platform of a championship to show that we don’t fight here, that there’s no war in tennis. It’s most important now. As a tennis player, I could deliver the right message from the court.

“But I kept getting the same answer: Russian government is going to use our results for propaganda. So whatever I’d say, the reply was and is the same. I couldn’t understand why they would say so.”

Can Andrey Rublev continue to compete on the ATP Tour and at Grand Slam events?

As it stands, Andrey Rublev will be allowed to continue playing on the ATP Tour and the Grand Slam events, except for the tournaments in United Kingdom — including Wimbledon.

The All-England Club and Lawn Tennis Association announced in April that Russian and Belarusian players will not be permitted to compete in any tournaments in the United Kingdom based on the directional guidance provided by the UK government for sporting events.

Rublev and other Russian/Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete under their national flag on the Tour and other Grand Slams. Russia and Belarus will also be banned from team competitions — including Davis Cup — until further notice.

Has Andrey Rublev ever won the Davis Cup?

Yes. In 2021 Rublev joined forces with Daniil Medvedev to win the Davis Cup for the Russian Tennis Federation, beating Croatia in the final. It was the first win for the Russians in the competition since 2006 and the biggest title of Rublev’s career.

How did Andrey Rublev make the news in Monte-Carlo in 2021?

Andrey Rublev became only the fifth man to beat 11-time champion Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Masters when he knocked out the Spaniard in the quarter-finals. His 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win made him the first man ever to beat Nadal in a deciding set in the event and handed the world No 3 his earliest exit there (tied) since 2003. Rublev then maintained his momentum to reach his first-ever Masters 1000 final but was denied the title by Stefanos Tsitsipas.

When was Andrey Rublev born?

Rublev was born in Moscow, Russia on October 20, 1997. He turned 24 years old in 2021.

Who are Rublev’s parents?

Rublev is the son of Andrey Sr., a former boxer turned restaurateur, and Marina Marenko, a tennis teacher. He started playing tennis at the age of three.

How tall is Andrey Rublev?

According to the official ATP website, the Russian is 6ft 2in, or 1.88m, and weighs just over 11 and a half stone, or 75kg.

How many ATP titles has Rublev won?

Russia's Andrey Rublev celebrates with the trophy after winning the Dubai Tennis Championships final match against Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely
Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates with the trophy after winning the Dubai Tennis Championships final match against Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely Image Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Rublev has won 11 titles on the circuit, five of which came in 2020 and three of them coming in 2022. His first trophy came 2017, in Umag, where he beat Paolo Lorenzi in the final. Since then, he has won tournaments in Moscow, Doha, Adelaide and then his first two ATP 500s, Hamburg and Saint Petersburg before adding a fifth 2020 title by beating Lorenzo Sonego in the final in Vienna. He won his eighth title in Rotterdam in March, 2021, beating Marton Fucsovics in the final. He also reached a second Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati in August, 2021. He won his three most recent titles in Marseille, Dubai and Belgrade in 2022.

What are Andrey Rublev’s best Grand Slam results?

Rublev has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam five times. He was beaten at the 2017 US Open by Rafael Nadal, at the 2020 US Open by Daniil Medvedev, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland-Garros in 2020 to Medvedev again at the Australian Open in 2021, and to Marin Cilic in a fifth-set tiebreaker at Roland-Garros in 2022.

How did he perform in juniors?

As a junior, Rublev won the junior title at Roland-Garros in 2014 at the age of 16. In the final he beat Jaime Munar, who pushed Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round of Roland Garros in 2020. Also in 2014 the Moscow native won the bronze medal in singles and silver in doubles at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

Who is Andrey Rublev’s coach?

Andrey Rublev is coached by Fernando Vincente, a former professional tennis player from 1996 to 2011. He won three titles on the circuit and reached his best ranking in 2000, of No 29. Vicente was named the ATP Coach of the Year in 2020.

Is Rublev in a relationship?

Although very discreet about his private life, the Russian has been in a relationship with Latvian player Anastasija Homutova since 2015.

What are Andrey Rublev’s career earnings?

According to the official ATP website, as of July 20, 2022 Andrey Rublev has earned more than $12 million in his career — including more than $2 million in 2022 alone.

Is Andrey Rublev active on social networks?

The Russian is followed by more than 352,000 people on Instagram and by 79,000 on Twitter. On Facebook, he has a page followed by more than 32,000 internet users.

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