The promising 19-year-old Alexander 'Sasha' Bublik announced on his social media accounts that he will represent Kazakhstan for the rest of his career. He reached an agreement with the Federation just in the last days as he is playing a Challenger event right in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, a country that doesn't have any own player: Kukushkin, Golubev and Popko were born in Russia but represent Kazakhstan, Nedovyesov played for his own country, Ukraine, until 2013, but then did not say no to the much moment offered by the Kazakhstan Federation.
Bublik is only the last player to change country, and he won't definitely get a warm welcome in the two Russian ATP events (if he will play them), it means St.
Petersburg and Moscow. It's surely a pity for Russia to lose such a good player, who reached for the first time the quarter-finals at ATP Level right in Moscow in October, beating Roberto Bautista Agut and losing to the future winner Pablo Carreno Busta in the third set tie-break.
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