Monte-Carlo, Davis Cup, junior Roland-Garros, Vicente: Everything you always wanted to know about Andrey Rublev (but never had time to find out) – updated after Dubai default

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, who just won his first ATP Masters title in Monte-Carlo

Andrey Rublev at the 2023 ATP Monte Carlo Masters Andrey Rublev at the 2023 ATP Monte Carlo Masters

Who is Andrey Rublev?

Andrey Rublev is a Russian tennis player. He has won 15 titles on the ATP Tour, won the Davis Cup for Russia in 2021 and his career-high ranking is No 5, reached in September 2021.

WHTY WAS ANDREY RUBLEV DEFAULTED IN DUBAI IN 2024?

Andrey Rublev was defaulted in the semi-final of the Dubai Open in March 2024 after he ranted in the face of an official. Angry at a line-call and for losing control of the match, the Russian screamed in the face of an official. A different official, who said he spoke Russian, reported to the umpire and told the supervisor that he had heard something offensive. Rublev denied the accusation but was defaulted.

HAS ANDREY RUBLEV EVER QUALIFIED FOR THE ATP FINALS?

Yes. Andrey Rublev has qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals in each of the past four years. He made his debut in 2020, going 1-2 in round-robin play and exiting at that stage. He matched that effort in 2021 but in 2022, he reached the semi-finals, beating Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas before bowing out to Casper Ruud in the last four. In 2023, he lost all three of his round-robin matches and went out at the group stage.

What did Andrey Rublev do at the Monte-Carlo Masters in 2023?

Rublev defeated Jaume Munar, ninth seed Karen Khachanov, Jan-Lennard Struff and eighth seed Taylor Fritz to reach his third ATP Masters Series final in Monte Carlo in April 2023.

In the final against sixth seed Holger Rune, of Denmark, Rublev fought back from 4-1, 0-30 down in the third set to win 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 and lift the first ATP Masters Series title of his career.

What did Andrey Rublev do at the Laver Cup in 2023?

Rublev represented Team Europe for the second time at the Laver Cup 2023, having made his debut at the event in 2021. The Russian took part in three matches, combining with Arthur Fils to play Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe on day one, which they lost in a match tiebreak, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.

On day two of the event, Rublev played a singles match against Taylor Fritz, which he lost in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (3). He appeared again on day three of the Laver Cup 2023, this time paired with Hubert Hurkacz in a must-win doubles match against Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe. The pair failed to keep Team Europe’s hopes alive, losing a tight 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) clash.

Overall, Team Europe lost the event 13-2, their second loss in a row after winning the first four editions of the Laver Cup.

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?

Yes, Andrey Rublev is allowed to continue playing on the ATP Tour and the Grand Slam events, though he was excluded from tournaments in the United Kingdom, including Wimbledon, in 2022.

The All England Club and Lawn Tennis Association announced in April 2022 that Russian and Belarusian players would not be permitted to compete in any tournaments in the UK, based on the directional guidance provided by the UK government for sporting events. Wimbledon lifted its ban in 2023.

Rublev and other Russian/Belarusian players are currently not 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.

HAS ANDREY RUBLEV PLAYED UTS?

Yes, Andrey “Rublo” Rublev has played UTS on three occasions. First, in Frankfurt, in 2023, where he won the title. The Russian beat Grigor Dimitrov in an exciting final to qualify for the UTS Grand Final in London in December 2023.

At the 2023 UTS Grand Final, Rublev won all three of his group-stage matches to progress to the semi-finals as group winner. In the semi-finals, however, he was knocked out of the competition as he lost 3-0 to Holger “The Viking” Rune in a fiery encounter in London.

He then went on to win the first UTS event of 2024, in Oslo, going undefeated in the group stages and then beating Alex “The Demon” de Minaur in the final, to secure his place in the Grand Final.

It also makes him the first-ever two-time UTS champion.

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.

Rublev returned to the final in Monte-Carlo in 2023 and this time defeated Holger Rune to win the title.

When was Andrey Rublev born?

Rublev was born in Moscow, Russia on October 20, 1997. He turned 25 years old in 2022.

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.

What is Andrey Rublev’s style of play?

Rublev is an aggressive baseliner who tries to dominate the game with his favourite shot – the forehand. He hits a two-handed backhand which is also a good shot and can serve with a speed of more than 120 mph regularly.

The Russian is known for his emotional outbursts on the court during matches, which he admits that he must improve if he wants to take the jump to the next level.

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 15 titles on the circuit, five of which came in 2020 and four 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 titles in Marseille, Dubai, Belgrade and in Gijon in 2022.

He won his 13th title, and his first ATP Masters Series title, by beating Holger Rune in the Monte-Carlo Masters final in April 2023. Rublev then won his 14th ATP title – and fifth title on clay – at the Nordea Open in Bastad, Sweden, by beating Casper Ruud in straight sets in the final. His most recent win came in Hong Kong at the start of 2024.

In October 2023, Rublev reached his fourth Masters 1000 final courtesy of an impressive run in Shanghai. Seeking a second ATP 1000 title following his Monte-Carlo triumph in April, Rublev went down to Hubert Hurkacz in a third-set tiebreak.

What are Andrey Rublev’s best Grand Slam results?

Rublev has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam nine times, losing on all nine occasions. 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, to Marin Cilic in a fifth-set tiebreaker at Roland-Garros in 2022, in straight sets to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open in 2022, to Novak Djokovic in the last eight at the Australian Open in 2023, to the Serb again in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon that summer, and then to his good friend Daniil Medvedev at the 2023 US Open.

What is Andrey Rublev’s best career ranking?

Andrey Rublev’s highest ranking to date is No 5, a mark he reached in September 2021.

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 Vicente, 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.

The ATP Tour website also lists Alberto Martin as his coach along with Vicente.

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 January 14, 2024 Andrey Rublev has earned $21.65 million in his career. You can find his latest prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.

Is Andrey Rublev active on social networks?

The Russian is followed by 175,000 people on Instagram and by 112,000 on X (formerly Twitter). On Facebook, he has a page followed by more than 60,000 internet users.

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