Just day after winning his first Challenger title (read more about it HERE), came the news that Andrey Rublev will continue his develop at 4Slam Academy in Barcelona, run by Galo Blanco, Jairo Velasco Jr and Fernando Vicente.
Andrey will stay in the USA for the first two Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, and then he will travel to Barcelona, to start a new chapter in his young career. Rublev will combine 3 locations during the season, staying mainly in Barcelona but with sporadical visits to Moscow and Bradenton in Florida.
He will not be alone in Catalan capital, as his longtime friend and doubles partner Karen Khachanov works there for quite some time. Galo is at the moment in Sweden, but he has spoken for the Spanish site Punto De Break, and here's what he said about Andrey and their future cooperation: "I will start working with Andrey in a couple of weeks time, and he will come to train in our Academy.
He will be alone in Indian Wells and Miami, no coaches from the Academy will follow him there. In the future, Fernando Vicente will travel with him for 10 or 12 weeks in the season, and in the middle, I will help as much as I can.
He is clearly the player with huge potential, and I think we can help him to become even better. Besides that, his close friend Karen Khachanov is already working with us, and they can motivate each other. With Andrey, we plan to work on both physical and mental aspects of his game.
At the moment, he is not at his best in terms of physical preparation, and we will look to improve that. Also, when he reaches a certain level of mental maturity, there is no doubt that he can win big matches. I think he possesses a great tennis package.
When you are 18, all you have to do is to try to get better." After his maiden Challenger title Andrey is a 161st player in the world (3rd best player of his generation behind Zverev and Fritz), which is his best ranking in career so far, and he will for sure reach Top 100 at some point during this season.
His shotmaking is just breathtaking, and if he improves the things that Blanco has mentioned, he can be one of the biggest tennis stars in the years to come. ALSO READ: Andy Murray: ´In July I would play Davis Cup and skip Cincinnati´