World No. 32 Alexander Bublik has once again stated that he is not a big fan of clay courts but plans to play the Masters events in Madrid and Rome, as well as the French Open. After coming back from a set down in the Monte Carlo first round versus Stan Wawrinka, Bublik stated in his on court interview that he hates clay.
Also, Bublik said the only reason why he managed to beat Wawrinka was because the Swiss was coming off a long injury break and nowhere near his best level. In the next match, Bublik was 4-3 down to Pablo Carreno Busta before he retired the match for no apparent reason.
"Yes, I don't like clay courts. I don't like anything about it. But I will play in Madrid, Rome and at the French Open," Bublik told Eurosport Deutschland, per Sportskeeda.
Bublik: I have to earn money
"I have to earn money.
I play for that. In addition, events like Madrid are mandatory, you have to play. I'm a professional and I have no choice," Bublik noted. Bublik was born in Russia but he switched his nationaly a few years ago and now represents Kazakhstan.
This means Bublik won't be affected by the ban Wimbledon imposed on Russian players. "I don't want to judge whether it's right or wrong, but I'll be happy to tell you what I think about it. It is a decision of the government and the organizers.
You have the right to do so," Bublik said of the Wimbledon decision. "For me, sport is also a distraction from normal life, if you will – and no sport should be mixed up too much with politics. It's all about getting comfortable with a beer in front of the TV and following your favorite player or team. It's a shame for the fans that this is only possible to a limited extent."