Andrey Rublev: 'It is hard without tennis. I'm doing my best to stay fit'


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Andrey Rublev: 'It is hard without tennis. I'm doing my best to stay fit'

The young Russian Andrey Rublev has been one of the players of the season so far, winning two ATP titles and 15 matches to stay up there with Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils. The Moscow native couldn't find the place in the Russian team at the ATP Cup, using Doha as the starting point and beating four rivals from outside the top-60 to claim the title, doing the same a week later in Adelaide against more challenging opponents to extend the winning streak and become the first multiple champion of the new season.

Andrey suffered the first loss in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Alexander Zverev and in the quarter-final in Rotterdam and Dubai, standing fifth in the ATP Race and hoping for more good runs in Indian Wells and Dubai.

Instead of that, Andrey is locked in his home in Moscow, not doing much in the time of the quarantine and just trying to remain positive ahead of the possible restart of the season. After the Davis Cup weekend, the ATP and WTA had to cancel all the action at least until June, with a real danger of skipping the entire grass season as well if the virus doesn't slow down in western Europe.

"Like most people in the world, I spend my time in quarantine mode; I'm not going anywhere, I'm always at home. I have no routine, everything is mixed up. Still, I exercise every day as much as possible to stay fit.

For many players, these times are troubled ones as they don't have the opportunity to make earnings. For me, it is hard without tennis; I want to return to the court as quickly as possible, play matches and enter tournaments.

I can't plan anything right now. We can only believe that everything will end soon. It is impossible to plan something, everything will depend on the situation in the world."