Alexander Bublik started playing tennis at the age of 2 thanks to his father, who will also be confirmed as a coach in his son's professional career. He reached the headlines for some statements in which he declared that he sees tennis only as a source of income and not as a real passion.
Grand Slams are dominated by the big three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. But this year’s circumstances have created a different situation. Federer is out due to knee surgery and Nadal has withdrawn citing a risk to travel to the US.
So out of the big 3 only Djokovic is participating. Alexander Bublik is confident there will be a new Slam champion in 2020, but not at RG since Rafael Nadal will be there. The World No. 51 also spoke about the improvements he has tried to make in his game during the lockdown.
Bublik on Rafael Nadal
"We will have a new Grand Slam champion, I am 100% sure," Alexander Bublik said. "It is more likely to be at the US Open, as Rafael Nadal is at Roland Garros. I won't be nervous, but I know that many others will be more tense.
The most important thing now is to find an ideal balance between being very relaxed and being very tense." The Kazakh also spoke about the various improvements he has attempted to make during the course of the lockdown.
"To become an elite player - that means being in the top 20, maybe in the top 10 - I can't always be taking chances with the second service. That was one of my main improvements since Indian Wells was canceled," said Bublik.
The list of players who will not take part in the US Open due to the health emergency is getting longer by the hour, more among women than men, to tell the truth: Covid-19 has discouraged many tennis players from do not go to New York, thus also skipping the Western & Southern Open scheduled from 20 to 28 August.
There will be no number 2 among the men, the Iberian Rafael Nadal, and the Australian Nick Kyrgios, among the first to announce the forfeit, the other absences by choice of a certain importance are those of the transalpine Gael Monfils and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
At the moment, the Japanese Kei Nishikori, positive for Coronavirus and absent at least at the Western & Southern Open, is registered, but in strong doubt. Many waivers in women, and in this case the virus has a more important specific weight than the injury factor, more than what was recorded among men.
If number 1, the Australian Ashleigh Barty, was one of the first to say no, in the last few hours it was number 2, Romanian Simona Halep, and number 8, the Swiss Belinda Bencic. Among the top eight in the world there will also be 6, Canadian Bianca Vanessa Andreescu, but for physical reasons, in addition to 5, Ukrainian Elina Svitoina, and 7, Dutch Kiki Bertens.
China Taipei player Su Wei Hsieh, 1 in doubles, was added yesterday to the list of renouncers due to fear of Coronavirus, while Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova said no for some time.