While most of the spotlight on the men's “white sport” circuit will be on what happens at the ATP 500 in Vienna, the ATP 250 in St. Petersburg will also be held, which will have its main attractions in the home players.
As happened this week in Moscow, Andrey Rublev, Aslán Karatsev and Karen Khachanov will try to delight their compatriots. Rublev, world number 6, will try to erase the bitter feeling he had a couple of days ago when he fell in his Moscow debut against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
In Saint Petersburg, he will once again be the first in the seed and will make his debut against the winner of the clash between Serbian Laslo Djere and Belarusian Ilya Ivashka. In the same high part of the table his compatriot Karen Khachanov (6), the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (3), the American Sebastian Korda (8) and eye to the Croatian Marin Cilic look like his main threats.
For its part, the lower sector of the graph will be commanded by Canadian Denis Shapovalov. The second in the seeding will be released before the winner of the duel between the Spanish Pablo Andújar and the Argentine Federico Delbonis.
The also Russian Aslán Karatsev (4), the American Taylor Fritz (5) and the Kazakh Alexander Bublik (7) are the other names to consider on the low side. These will be the tennis players who will contest the ATP 250 in Saint Petersburg, with the favorites located on the path that they will have to travel in search of the great goal they set for themselves during the following week.
Part of the ‘Big 3’, Rafael Nadal, is without a doubt one of the greatest ever to set foot on a tennis court. The player from Mallorca, Spain has been dominating the tour and has raised the bar in the men’s game.
The basic principles instilled in the Spaniard have been key in helping him become such a successful personality.
Nadal last competed in Washington
Recently, Toni Nadal spoke about the values he inculcated in his nephew Rafael Nadal.
He remembered certain principles he tried to make Rafa understand, which would help him in the long run to be a successful individual. Toni had been coaching Rafael since he was a child and their professional association continued till 2017.
One of the key pieces of advice was that he told his nephew to not complain as it will lead him nowhere and won’t get anything out of it. The 60-year-old stated, “I always said to Nadal, don’t complain because this complaint will not help us.
We always have to do everything possible to win. It is very wrong to complain. I think complaining is of no use to you. It does not help you. And in addition, it gives a very bad effect”.