“Always A Different Feeling”: Andrey Rublev Describes The Feeling Behind Representing His Country Ahead Of Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/17/2021, 9:30 PM EDT
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


The summer of 2021 in England was a difficult one for many but, as is always the case, a success for a few. Andrey Rublev comes under the former group and will be looking to have a successful Olympic campaign in Tokyo, an event he believes can unite the world.

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Rublev did not have a smooth summer at the Wimbledon Championships, as he crashed out in the round of 16 stage. He was the number five seed at SW19 but failed to live up to the expectations.

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Andrey Rublev looks forward to representing Russia at the Olympics

It is always a moment of pride for an athlete to represent their country at the Olympics. The Olympic Games is the biggest stage in the world for an athlete to showcase their talents. Another reason the event is a special one for Rublev is the fact that it’ll count as the Russian’s first taste of the Olympic Games.

When you play tennis matches for your country, it is always a different feeling, it’s always a special feeling. Here you are not only playing for yourself, you are playing for your team, your country and it’s always filled with a more special feeling. I mean it’s different, it’s tough to compare singles and when you are playing for your country. Both feelings are really nice, but both are different,” said Rublev in an interview with the ITF.

The World No.7 will be hoping for a podium finish at the Olympics, after winning the ATP Cup with Russia in 2021.

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Looking forward to a good time in Tokyo

Japan is one of the most hospitable countries in the world, as many would suggest. The Russian has heard good things about the country and will be hoping for a wonderful time. Athletes all over the world have always had a good time in Japan.

For sure it is going to be amazing. I never heard a single person say that he didn’t like it in Japan. Every person that I know has visited Japan, was in love with the place, so for sure it will be amazing,” said Rublev.

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021, Russia’s Andrey Rublev in action during his quarter final match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Albert Gea

The Russian contingent is always winning medals at the Olympic Games, as they have had some great athletes. The country has stood fourth in the last two Olympic Games’ medal tally while achieving third place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Can Rublev win a medal in Tokyo this year?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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