Eminem, Kazakhstan, underarm serves: Alexander Bublik in 10 questions
Known for his mischief on the court, Alexander Bublik has become more and more regular in recent months. Here are the answers to 10 questions you might have about the Kazakh showman.
Where and when was Alexander Bublik born?
Alexander Bublik was born on 17 June 1997 in Gatchina, Russia.
Does Alexander Bublik play UTS?
Yes, Bublik signed on to play UTS4, the fourth edition of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, scheduled for April 5-7 at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. Nicknamed “The Bublik Enemy,” the wildly creative Kazakh is expected to lend flair and humor to the competition, as well as his trademark booming serve.
What is Alexander Bublik’s record of achievements?
Alexander Bublik played his first final on the main circuit in Newport in 2019, where he lost to John Isner. He then lost three more: in Chengdu the same year to Pablo Carreño Busta, in Antalya against Alex De Minaur to launch his 2021 season, and in Singapore against Alexei Popyrin in February 2021.
Between 2017 and 2019, Alexander Bublik won 6 Challenger titles: Cuernavaca, Aptos, Bratislava, Budapest, Pau and Monterrey.
In the Grand Slam, Alexander Bublik has so far never done better than a third round. It was during the US Open 2019, where he was defeated by Pablo Andujar. During this same tournament, in the second round, he equalled the record, held by Marc Rosset, of the number of double faults committed in a match in a Major: 26. Despite this statistic, the Kazakh won against Thomas Fabbiano by coming back from two sets.
Why did he decide to represent Kazakhstan?
In November 2016, the year he turned professional, Alexander Bublik chose to represent Kazakhstan. Several other Russian-born players have also made this decision: Yulia Putintseva, Yaroslava Shvedova, Mikhail Kukushkin and Elena Rybakina. If Bublik took this decision, he did not hide from it, it was also for financial reasons to facilitate his career start.
“I have been Russian all my life, but they (the Federation) never supported me,” he explained, while his family was financially unable to help him in any significant way. “I was always the second, third or fourth choice. So I thought, ‘Why should I play for them?’ For example, they helped others financially, but not me. But it’s not just about money, it’s also about encouragement. They would give everything to the guy who was number one and nothing to number three. I had a proposal (to represent Kazakhstan), and I accepted it. But I have the map of St. Petersburg tattooed on my arm.”
How tall is Alexander Bublik?
According to the official ATP website, Alexander Bublik is 1.96m tall.
What is Alexander Bublik’s nickname?
Like many people of Russian origin named “Alexander”, Bublik is nicknamed “Sascha”. Like Alexander Zverev.
Who is Alexander Bublik’s coach?
Since he was 4 years old, Alexander Bublik has been trained by his father Stanislas. Artem Suprunov is also mentioned as a co-coach on the ATP website. Born in 1994, the latter played a few ITF tournaments, in Future, between 2012 and 2013.
What is Alexander Bublik’s style of play?
A very relaxed personality, even when, still unknown at the age of 19, he had to challenge the biggest stars of the circuit, Alexander Bublik is also very relaxed on the court. A fan of underarm serves, trick shots, powerful strikes and other second ball missiles, he is often compared to Nick Kyrgios. Except that the Kazakh always has a smile up to his ears after his mischief.
“He reminds me a little of me”, Kyrgios said after his victory over Bublik, then ranked 121st in the world, in Miami in 2019. “I think imitation is the best compliment, so I guess he must like me. He has a high-risk game, even in important moments. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. Big hits, bunt, lots of instinct… He’s very talented.”
How much has he won in tournaments since the beginning of his career?
According to the official ATP website, Alexander Bublik has won 1.9 million dollars. That’s about 1.6 million euros.
What kind of music does Alexander Bublik listen to?
Alexander Bublik is a rap fan. Among his many tattoos, two are quotes from Eminem’s songs:
“You won’t break me, you just make me stronger than I was.”
“Always be a leader and not a follower.”
Is Alexander Bublik active on social networks?
Alexander Bublik is discreet on social networks. On Instagram, he posts only 15 publications, but more than 110,000 subscribers all the same. He has no Facebook or Twitter accounts.
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