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Biofile Alexander Bublik Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

Status:  ATP ranking 30. Winner of three career ATP singles titles including Antwerp on Sunday vs. Fils in final 64 64.

DOB: June 17, 1997 In: Gatchina, Russia

Ht: 6-5   Wt:  180

First memory of tennis: It is probably the first tournament that I played when I was seven years old. I don’t remember if I win any match, but I got the trophy. My mum and my dad bought a trophy and asked the organizers to present it to me and I was very happy.    

Tennis inspirations/heroes: I have nobody.  
First famous player you met or encountered: When I was a child, I was at a masterclass of Guga Kuerten. Then, probably in 2005, I met Mikhail Youzhny at the St. Petersburg Open.   
Current car:
 I don’t have any car.   
Greatest sports moment: I don’t know, probably my first breakthrough in Moscow 2016 when I beat (Roberto) Bautista (Agut) and reached the quarterfinal from qualifications. This is one of the most important moments.   And winning three ATP titles (Montpellier 2022, Halle 2023, Antwerp 2023).
Most painful moment: It is the entire 2018 year when I drop from being a top 100 player to 250.   
Favorite tournaments: I settle for Miami as hard court, Queens as grass, Madrid as clay court and I liked the Astana Open as indoor hard.   
Why do you love tennis: Well, I think it is a good way to entertain yourself.   
Funniest players encountered: Reilly Opelka is really funny, Monfils is pretty funny too.   
Closest friends from tennis: I mean, it’s tough to say friends because friend is a bit more powerful word. The players from the Tour I hang out with are the American kids and Miomir Kecmanovic.   
Fiercest competitors you encountered: Jannik Sinner, the matches back-to-back in Dubai (lost 26 76 64) and Miami (lost 76 64) were tough (2021, career head to head 1-3 vs Sinner). It’s also always tough to play Taylor Fritz, Andrei Rublev and Denis Shapovalov.   
Funny tennis memory: I don’t know, I don’t think I have one to be honest with you.   
Strangest match:
 The match against Hubert Hurkacz in Dubai (won 62 75 in 2020). I was lucky to get the win but that was probably the strangest match I’ve ever played.   
Embarrassing tennis memory: I don’t think I have one.   
Favorite sport outside tennis: Basketball and ping pong.   
Three athletes you like to watch & follow: It’s tough to say. I’m not following anyone for sure… I would say I like to watch Stephen Curry and Lebron James. But to be honest I’m not too much into the sports.   
Favorite artists: It’s a Russian guy, Oxxxymiron Hip-hop artist). I think he’s cool. I like the K-Pop Black Pink, I think it’s funny. And last one is Leningrad, it’s a nice Russian rock group. Cool.   
Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla.   

Which match or matches did you feel at your absolute best: I don’t know, it’s tough to say. When I feel bad, I usually play good so it’s really difficult to say.   

People qualities most admired: Honesty, loyalty and probably being the real people, not wearing masks. I don’t like fake people, that’s it.

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1 comment

  • Scoop Malinowski · May 28, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I like this player because he does it his way and he is dangerous to anyone. Though he has lost in four ATP finals, he has wins over Dimitrov, Monfils, Sandgren, Fritz, Agut, Felix, Shapovalov, Karatsev. He extended Thiem to four tough sets at Roland Garros in 2019. Should use the underhand uppercut serve more 🙂



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