Andrey Rublev is a Russian tennis player currently ranked No.7 in the world. The 24 year old reached a career high ranking of No.5 on 13 September 2021. The heavy hitter has won 10 ATP titles. He has also won a gold medal in mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Known for his heavy hitting, he has one of the most formidable forehands on tour. On that note, let’s take a look at 10 unknown facts about Andrey Rublev.
10) Rublev started playing tennis at 3-years-old
The World No 8 began playing tennis aged just 3. His idols growing up were Marat Safin and Rafael Nadal, whom he met in 2014 at Guillermo Vilas Academy in Mallorca.
9) Rublev comes from a sporting background
The Russian certainly comes from a sporting background. His father is a former professional boxer while his mother is a professional tennis coach. Outside tennis, Rublev has a passion for boxing inherited from his father and particularly enjoys watching Mike Tyson.
8) Nickname and catchphrase
Rublev is nicknamed the “Rubl'” which means the Russian word for its currency, ‘ruble’. His catchphrase is “BWEEHHH” which he often shouts while hitting heavy groundstrokes.
7) His mother is a tennis coach
His mother, Marina Marenko, is a tennis coach and formerly worked with top WTA star Anna Kournikova and and received the Medal of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” in 2009. She is also the mother of Anna Arina Marenko, Rublev’s older half-sister and former professional tennis player.
6) Budding stars
At the 2014 Australian Open, Rublev reached the quarter-finals. Moreover, he played the doubles event with Alexander Zverev as his partner.
5) First title
Rublev’s first big title came in 2017. He entered the 2017 Croatia Open as a lucky loser and ended up winning the tournament for his first ATP title. He defeated defending champion Fabio Fognini on his way to the finals.
4) Breakout season
The 2020 season has been Rublev’s most successful. No player on the men’s side won more titles than Rublev in 2020. He won 5 titles and also broke into the world top 10 for the first time.
3) Net worth
His net worth is estimated to be over $5 million. He has also earned over $10 million in prize money alone.
Rublev’s apparel and shoes come from sports giant Nike. He used to play with Wilson rackets but switched over to Head in 2021. He is also Italian luxury brand Bulgari’s brand ambassador for watches. Furthermore, he also endorses British perfume maker, Penhaligon’s.
1) Rublev has a passion for music
When he was younger, Rublev had regular guitar lessons and was even part of a One Direction cover band, although his time in the band was short lived. Rublev is also pretty serious about creating his own electronic music like his heroes – Martin Garrix and Alan Walker.
These were the 10 unknown facts about Andrey Rublev.
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