Andrey Rublev wins most improved award

“We were just having fun” Five things to know about Andrey Rublev ahead of his ATP Finals debut

Andrey Rublev will make his ATP finals debut later this month after a breakthrough year on the ATP tour, winning five titles and reaching the quarter-final stage of both the US Open and the French Open.

Tennishead looks at five things you should know about the 23-year-old Russian.

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

“We were just having fun,” Rublev reflected.

“Now, tennis is my life. Since I was a kid I always liked music; I was trying also to play guitar. But now I’m 100 percent in tennis.”

4) Rublev is currently World No 8 

After a breakthrough year on the ATP tour winning five titles as well as back-to-back quarter-final appearances in Grand Slams, the 23-year-old has achieved a career high ranking of 8. The Russian has racked up titles in Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Vienna, winning all of the finals he has been involved in this year.

5) Rublev will make ATP Finals debut

On the 15th November, Rublev will make his ATP Finals debut in London alongside the world elite including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem as he bids to win his sixth title of the season.

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