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Andrey Rublev: “I hope that people will talk about a new winning generation of Russian tennis”

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Andrey Rublev represents the next generation of Russian tennis players, who are following in the footsteps of such great legends like Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

 

Rublev is currently the youngest player in the top 50 in the ATP Ranking and the top seed at the ATP Next Gen Finals. He has reached a career high ranking of world number 37. This year he won his first ATP title in Umag and reached the quarter final at the US Open. The list of accolades also features the 2014 French Open Junior title, a bronze medal in singles and a silver in doubles at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, the doubles title at the 2015 Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

“Kafelnikov and Safin are such big stars. I am very proud to be compared to them. They are a source of inspiration for our our future career. My aim is to reach similar results that can be compared to what Kafelnikov and Safin did in the past. I hope that people will talk about a new winning generation of Russian tennis”.

Rublev started his campaign at the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan with a five-set win over Italian Gianluigi Quinzi in the inaugural day of the year-end tournament. The young Russian player was asked about his opinion on the new rules introduced for the ATP Next Gen Final.

“The idea of this tournament is to bring tennis into the future. I agree with the new concept to introduce new rules and to present a new tennis for a new generation of fans”

Rublev was born in Moscow on 20th October 1997 to Andrey Rublev Sr., a former boxer who works as restaurateur, and Marina Marenko, who trained Anna Kournikova. His sister is also a tennis coach.

“My father was a boxer and I have always liked boxing training, as this sport teaches discipline. Now I have no time to dedicate my time on boxing, because I am very busy with tennis. My other great passion is basketball. I am a big fan of NBA and Miami Heat is my favourite team. I also enjoy listening to music. My favourite bands include Metallica, AC/DC and Nautilius Pompilius. I like action-packed films with fighting”

Andrey clinched his first win against a top-10 player when he beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the second round at the 2017 US Open and went on to beat David Goffin in the fourth round to qualify for the quarter final. He credits his development to his training in Barcelona under the guidance of Fernando Vicente, who coached Marcel Granollers in the past.

“It was very tough to leave Russia but it was a necessary step in my career to continue my development”, said Rublev.

Vicente reached a career-high of world number 29 in June 2000, won three singles titles, reached the quarter finals in Rome in 1998 and Cincinnati 2000. After retiring from tennis Vicente worked with Marcel Granollers from 2010 to 2014 guiding him to seven ATP titles (three in sinles and four in doubles). Vicente founded the 4 Slam Slam Tennis Academy with another top Spanish coach Galo Blanco, who trains another Next Gen player Karen Khachanov, who is playing in Milan this week.

“Andrey is very focused when he is on a tennis court but outside tennis he is a very smiling and enjoyable guy. He likes having fun. I have always appreciated these aspects of his character since I started working with him”, said Vicente.

Rublev is the namesake of famous Russian painter Andrey Rublev, one of the greatest meieveal Russian painters of Orhodox icons.

“I have always been curious about this coincidence of names. I don’t paint but I read some intereseting information on this painter by reading some books and I know that a film on his life was made. I am interested in culture in general and I would like to visit the Scala theatre here in Milan”, commented Andrey Rublev.

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Tennis Sensation Bianca Andreescu Signs With Rolex

The Canadian has joined forces with the luxury watch brand

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US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has become the latest athlete to join the Rolex family after confirming she has signed a deal with the brand on Saturday.

 

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakout year by winning 42 out of 47 matches played. During that period she has won premier titles in Indian Wells and at the Rogers Cup. Although her biggest trophy occurred at the US Open where she stunned Serena Williams in the final. Becoming the youngest grand slam champion since Maria Sharapova back in 2006. Andreescu has also recorded  eight wins over top 10 players with her only loss being to Naomi Osaka at the China Open last week.

“Excited to announce that I’m officially a part of the Rolex family!! Can’t wait to get to work with the Rolex Team – stay tuned.” She wrote on Twitter.

No details have been released about her deal with Rolex or what the value of the contract is. The luxury brand also have contracts with other players such as Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki. Speculation has been mounting that the Canadian would be signing a substantial endorsement deal following comments made by her agent agent Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy. She is currently managed by Octagon Sports.

“We’re turning down a lot of opportunities and offers. We want to be careful and extremely selectively, to do the right partnerships.” de Veigy told The Globe and Mail.
“First and foremost, we want to ensure that Bianca is at the peak of her game as a professional athlete. Our job is to keep her life as simple as possible, so she can focus on tennis.” He added.

As of October 6th Andreescu has earned the second highest amount of prize money this year on the WTA Tour with earnings of $6,239,150. This is just under $650,000 less than world No.1 Ash Barty. The sums takes into account both singles and doubles tournaments played on the tour.

Andreescu is set to return to action at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. A tournament which will have a record prize money pool of $14 million. The winner of the event could make as much as $4.75 million should they remain unbeaten in the round-robin competition. Andreescu is the youngest player to qualify for the season-ending event since Wozniacki back in 2009 and the fourth Canadian woman in history to have ever done so.

“This has been an incredible year for me and I’m really looking forward to ending the season at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen,” she told wtatennis.com. “I’ve always dreamt of competing at the WTA Finals and I’m so proud of all the work my team and I put in to get to this point.”

The WTA Finals will get underway on October 27th.

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Year-End No.1 Not A Priority For Rafael Nadal, Says Murray

Murray spoke about his rival as he gives a update on his current form.

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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray believes rival Rafael Nadal is not focusing on the prospect of ending the season as world No.1.

 

Murray spoke about the big three during an extensive interview with The Times. A group compromising of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The Brit is currently on the comeback from hip resurfacing surgery and recently reached the quarter-finals of the China Open. His best run on the ATP Tour so far this season. Currently ranked 289th in the world, Murray admits that he still has a way to go to the top. However, the 32-year-old is drawing inspiration from some of his rivals.

“If I do get up there, I’m not going to be focusing on ranking targets. You look at what Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal] and I guess Novak [Djokovic], to a certain extent, are doing to give themselves a chance to play longer.” Murray told The Times.
“Right now, Rafa could be fighting to finish number one in the world and it’s not a priority for him. I would like to be competitive in the big events against the best players. I’m not there yet, but I’m closer than I was a month ago, and much closer than a couple of months ago,” he said.

Nadal is currently closing in on the world No.1 spot despite not playing since winning the US Open. On Monday Djokovic’s lead over him will be reduced to 320 points after the Serbian lost in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. Then on November 4th he is guaranteed to return to the top spot before the ATP Finals. Even more significant is that Nadal has no ranking points to defend for the rest of the season compared to 1600 for Djokovic.

Murray’s comments on Nadal echoes what the Spaniard has previously said. During the US Open in September, the king of clay stated that returning to the top was ‘not his main goal’ with his health being top priority.

“I don’t compete for it. I just do my way. If I am able to be No.1 doing it my way, great. But I always say the same: today is not my main goal.” He explained.
“Of course, it’s great to be in that fight. But for me personally, it’s not really a fight. I just try be competitive the weeks that I need to compete, or the weeks that I want to compete.’
“With my age and with my goals, I cannot lose energy or time to follow the No.1. I need to think about my career in a different way.
‘For me, my main goal is play as long as possible and compete, being competitive. Sometimes if you need to follow the No.1, you are going to lose years of your career.”

Nadal is set to return to action in November at the Paris Masters. Meanwhile, Murray returns to the court tomorrow at the European Open where he will play Kimmer Coppejans in the first round.

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Juan Martin Del Potro Scraps Comeback Plans, But Has Good News

Details concerning the current health of the Argentina has been released.

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Juan Martin del Potro (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

The return of Juan Martin del Potro to the tour will not take place this year following medical advice issued to the former US Open champion.

 

Del Potro has been sidelined from action since the Fever-Tree Championships in June. At the tournament the Argentine suffered a fall on the court and injured his knee. He re-fractured his right patella in what was an almost identical scenario to the end of last year for the injury-stricken player.

It was hoped that the 31-year-old would be returning to action at tournaments in Stockholm, Sweden and Vienna, Austria later this year. However, those plans have now been changed. Meaning his 2019 season has come to an end.

“Juan Martin del Potro visited the Mapfre de Mecidina del Tenis Clinic in Barcelona,” a statement published by Del Potro’s management reads.
“After some tests, including on-court exercises supervised by Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, the right knee was shown great signs of a solid recovery.
“Now they will be able to take the next step in the recovery stage and create a rehabilitation program that is more intense with the goal to make Juan Martin competing again as soon as possible.
“Despite Juan Martin’s wishes, he has been recommended not to compete in October and continue with the current plan.”

Del Potro has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. Over a two-year period (2014-2015) he underwent four surgeries on his wrists. Since 2010, he has missed more than three years on the tour due to his physical struggles.

Injury timeline
-Jan-Sep 10: right wrist (8 months)
-Feb-Jan 14-15: Left wrist (11 months)
-Mar-Feb 15-16: left wrist (11 months)
-Oct-Feb 18-19: right knee (4 months)
-Feb-Apr 19: right knee (2 months)
-June 19 – now right knee (5 months*)
*ongoing injury

Del Potro closes the year out by playing in just five tournaments. Winning eight out of 12 matches played. He reached the quarter-finals of events in Delray Beach and Rome, as well as the fourth round of the French Open.

The next public glimpse of Del Potro on the tennis court is likely to take place in November. He is set to take on Roger Federer in an exhibition match held in Buenos Aires. Their clash will take place at the The Parque Roca Stadium.

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