Andrey Rublev Feels He ’Doesn’t See the Need for Psychologists Like Daniil Medvedev and Other Tennis Players

Published 12/27/2021, 11:17 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 17, 2021 Russia’s Andrey Rublev reacts during his semi final match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev has been a real sensation over the past couple of seasons. The World No. 5 player has been serially winning tournaments in recent times. These splendid performances have helped him improve his ranking considerably over the past 12 months.

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Recently, Rublev spoke on an interesting topic. He spoke on something new that has been happening on the scenes, hiring mental coaches who help train an athlete which helps them concentrate better. However, the Russian tennis player has an interesting opinion on this subject.

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 The 24-year-old player stated, “By no means against psychologists. I just don’t see the need for it. For me, this is quite simple, and it was already said by everyone many years ago – what and how. Hire any psychologist in tennis, the only question is you – do you want to change something?” On the other hand, his friend and contemporary, Medvedev takes the help of an expert. 

Andrey Rublev has an interesting take on how to solve an internal issue

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The Russian feels that he is okay with not having a mental expert. As long as an individual is willing to change, there won’t be a difference in the approach. Although, Andrey felt that players who faced issues off the court are the ones should seek counselling or help. He believed that issues battled off the court, if ignored, can intervene with in-court performance, and hence should be prioritised and looked into, for reasons more than just this. 

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021 Russia’s Andrey Rublev in action during his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The player further added, “If yes, then you will, and if you don’t want to yourself, then you will not change this, despite a team of the best coaches and psychologists. Because there are no secrets, everything has already been said by all great athletes. It seems to me that this is more needed by players with problems in the family, with friends, which they transfer to the court.”

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Coming to tennis, Rublev won the ATP Cup as well as the Davis Cup Finals 2021 while representing his nation. He even won the gold medal in the mixed doubles category at the Olympic Games. Now that the season is over, we wish to see more of him in the upcoming season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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