’Strategy Wise”: Andrey Rublev States Playing Chess Helps Him in Tennis

Published 03/15/2021, 9:54 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates with a trophy after winning the Rotterdam Open REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


World No. 8 Andrey Rublev is one of the most promising youngsters on the men’s Tour. Ever since he won his first ATP title in 2017, he has made constant progress in his game. The Russian star’s biggest breakthrough came in the previous season when he won five titles. 

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Recently, Andrey Rublev made an interesting revelation. He found out that the game of chess helped strategize his game of tennis. Rublev compared the two sports and felt the manner in which he makes his move to strike the queen is similar to him using his forehand while playing tennis. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates winning the final against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Andrey Rublev: “I think chess can help in tennis”

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The 2020 Australian Open quarterfinalist spoke on the tennis and chess comparison and stated, “I hope and I think chess can help in tennis, maybe strategy-wise, it can help you have better patience. In my case, I’m playing chess the same way as tennis. I try to take a queen and lead the match like in tennis I try to take the forehand and be the one who is dictating.”

The Russian youngster revealed his attacking mindset, which is to attack by only using the queen in chess. However, he ultimately stated that the two sports are different from each other. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Daniil Medvedev (L) of Russia taps rackets with Andrey Rublev (R) of Russia at center court after winning during their Men’s Singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
 
The 23-year-old added, “So in chess, I’m trying to do it the same way. I try to put all the figures in the way to open everything for the queen and to start to prepare my attack only with the queen (laughs). But in the end, it’s nothing to compare, it’s still two different things.”
 
In the previous season, Andrey won five titles on Tour. Besides that, he became a first-time quarterfinalist at the French Open and US Open. He ended the season qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals
 
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In the current season, Rublev played a huge part in helping Russia win the ATP Cup. After losing in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open, he won the Rotterdam Open 2021. One can expect the Russian to create headlines in the rest of the season. 
 
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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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