Rublev opens up about issues with the mental side of tennis
Over the past two years, professional tennis has had legitimate conversations about mental health. Russian star Andrey Rublev talked about his mental health struggles and the pressure of the ATP Tour.
Back in 2020, Rublev was the Tour’s winningest player with five titles. At Grand Slam events, he has made the quarterfinals multiple times. He has acknowledged that he has played under heavy pressure. Rublev’s last title was back in February 2021 but he has shown solid consistency over the past few months.
Rublev talked about the mental side of the game. He said, ‘I need to work on the mental aspect. This is the main thing in my case, because the players who are better than me, they know how to manage all these moments much better than me. Game-wise since Laver Cup, I am feeling really well. I am feeling that I am playing on a great level. I have great confidence’.
He admits that he had a rough individual performance at Indian Wells when he lost to Tommy Paul in the third round. Rublev managed to reach the doubles final with Aslan Karatsev.
Rublev has won some solid matches over the past few months which is why he’s been such a well-regarded player. He has faced some tough opponents in his career where his main problem was handling the pressure. That is huge in tennis since it is an individual sport where players can only rely on themselves. If they crumble under the pressure, they will lose.
The best solution to these problems is to have a healthy mindset and have fun while playing the game. Rublev said, ‘I am really enjoying to play tennis, I am really enjoying to travel so for me mentally it’s fine. This is normal, this is part of our sport sometimes and we cannot do anything about it. The mental part I am okay, because I am really enjoying tennis’.
The Russian is one of the most exciting players in the ATP Tour. He is a big threat to anyone who wants to win tournaments because he is not only skilled but he has a solid mindset when he’s playing. It is tough to break an opponent who can play a stable style.
Words: Cholo Martin