Teenagers are often blamed for being impulsive, emotionally unstable, arrogant, not politically correct etc., But, in some cases like the curious story of Andrey Andreyevich Rublev, the prodigal future star of Russian tennis.
The Moscovian is just 17 years of age, was Junior World No.1 in 2014, having won the French Open title in the same year, and he just beat Pablo Andujar of Spain, in the deciding rubber of their Davis Cup tie.
This win, in addition to his defeat of Fernando Verdasco in the Barcelona Open earlier this year as a qualifier, solidifies his place as one of the stars of tomorrow. That being said, of late, he hasn’t been in the limelight for the right reasons.
It all started when Rublev had a bump with qualifier Renzo Olivo but his attitude was finally spoken about by Verdasco in the post-match press conference after his loss to the Russian when he said, “I’m surprised how rude Rublev is for a 17 year old”. Although the cause for Verdasco’s comments on Rublev’s conduct are hitherto unknown, the Russian responded to the incident in his press conference where he assured reporters that he was anything but rude.
His words were, “What do you mean by (me being) disrespectful, he (Verdasco) is a great player, one of the best in the tour. I didn’t say anything bad about him, but sometimes there is this crazy point where you show your emotion; Ronaldo (Christiano) also does that, but no one says he is being disrespectful.”
Andrey Rublev was beaten fair and square in the first day of Davis Cup, by Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-3 6-3.
Post match, Rublev made a daring statement about Tommy Robredo,
“I am very disappointed with the result. I wasn’t in good physical condition and I wasn’t sufficiently focused. I feel I can play against players on the level of Tommy Robredo. This match taught me a lot, made me realize what I have to work on. I need to serve better, play with more patience, and improve physically. I knew Robredo, the eve of the match, said that Spain would defeat Russia without problems. I can assure him within a year I will beat Tommy without problems”
After his comments attracted a storm of hate from the tennis fraternity, including the Spanish Davis Cup team, Rublev issued an apology in his twitter page
— Andrey Rublev (@AndreyRublev97) July 20, 2015
However, Rublev proved his worth beating Spain’s Pablo Andujar in the deciding rubber, propelling Russia to an unlikely 3-2 win over Spain having trailed 0-2 earlier in the tie. He may not have beaten Robredo, but a job well done for now.