Andrey Rublev Expresses Desire to Represent Russia at Tokyo Olympics

Published 11/29/2020, 7:09 AM EST
Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – October 31, 2020 Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates after winning his semi final match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


World No.8 Andrey Rublev enjoyed great success in 2020. Winning a record 41 matches and triumphing with five titles, he will be looking forward to the 2021 season to step up his game and influence some of the bigger tournaments.

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Andrey Rublev celebrates with the Vienna Open trophy. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Apart from the tournaments that happen every year like Grand Slams and Masters 1000, 2021 will have the Olympics as well. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was scheduled to happen this year but due to the pandemic, it was postponed to 2021.

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So recently, in an interview with Sports24, Rublev showed his eagerness in representing and winning for his country at the Olympics. It is a special tournament for the Russian.

“I would like to play at the Olympics, to represent my country. This tournament is every four years, it is special anyway.”

Andrey Rublev celebrates during a match. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Andrey Rublev on Olympics and Grand Slams

He wants an all-round 2021 with a good showing at the Olympics as well as the Grand Slams.

“Just to be there, to play is already unreal emotions, this is very important. In Tokyo, I want to play as completely great as in the Grand Slam tournaments. And time will tell where it will turn out. The main thing is to come out with the thought, ‘I did everything I could, not to find fault with myself.'”

Rublev has represented Russia at the youth Olympics in 2014. It was a stellar tournament for him. Rublev won two medals, one in singles and one in doubles. Partnering with Karen Khachanov, Rublev won a silver medal in doubles, and then he won a bronze in singles as well.

Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Rublev’s desire to win something big is very high. Even though he won the five titles this year, he said that he would any day swap his titles with those his compatriot Daniil Medvedev won this year.

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Medvedev had an unbeaten run as he ended the season with consecutive titles at Paris Masters and the ATP Finals.

“In terms of victories, Djokovic and I finished the same way. But I would rather choose indicators like Dani’s – to win the Masters in Bercy and the Final. Or even just the Final.”

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Will Rublev shake up the Grand Slam hierarchy next season?

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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