Thursday 2 May 2024

Andrey Rublev and Alexander Bublik have both calmed down on court

To the advantage of both of them, Andrey Rublev and Alexander Bublik have both calmed down on court when playing in tournaments. Perhaps they discussed their attitude together and decided on change. Rublev is Russian and Bublik is Kazakhstani. They may well be friends. Rublev is popular among the players and so, I believe, is Bublik.

Both of them are excitable, high quality tennis players who wear their heart on their sleeve. They're both winners and both have enormous talent.

Yesterday, I watched Andrey Rublev beat Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open tournament and he was interviewed afterwards by the Sky Sports team.

Andrey Rublev and Alexander Bublik have both calmed down on court
Andrey Rublev. 

The first thing he said was that he kept calm during the match which helped him win. He said that it would have been stupid of him if he did not address his vocal outbursts in the past which his team probably said were hurting his competitiveness on court.

Those outbursts detract from his focus and temporarily weaken his standard which can lead to the loss of a game and ultimately the match.

Bublik is a similar character. He used to lark around on court a lot. Recently he decided to take tennis more seriously and use his great talent to better effect. He decided to stay focused throughout the match and be more committed to winning. 

It is the difficulty in committing to winning which may have been hard for Bublik. If you commit to winning it hurts when you lose.

I feel that Bublik messed around so that he took away true commitment to avoid the hurt of losing. He latest play has been more serious and he is winning tough matches. He has grown up as a professional tennis player.

Alexander Bublik recently secured a hard-fought victory at the Open Sud de France – Montpellier. In a thrilling final, he rallied past Borna Coric with a score line of 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to recapture the trophy he had previously won in 2022 at the indoor hard-court ATP 250.

Both these players appear to have followed a change in mental approach by Jannik Sinner who is seeing a special sports psychologist which has improved his game. It is was noticeable. Click the link below for information about Sinner's sports psych.

Jannik Sinner benefits from high-tech mental training from Dr. Ceccarelli


P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

Image credit: By si.robi - Rublev MCM23 (43), CC BY-SA 2.0,

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