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“The last, last, last row”: Somebody hook up Andrey Rublev with better concert tickets
The Russian has been enjoying New York City’s music scene during his time at the US Open, but when it comes to meeting the artists or scoring front row seats? “I want to know how it works!”
Published Sep 02, 2022
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NEW YORK—Andrey Rublev has always been a music lover, and one of the first things the No. 9 seed did when he touched down in New York City ahead of the US Open was scope out concert tickets.
“I was going, especially before the first weeks, to many shows,” Rublev told press after his second-round win on Thursday.
“I went twice to Harry Styles and once to Twenty One Pilots. I went Monday and Friday to Harry Styles and Tuesday to Twenty One Pilots.”
That’s an envy-inducing line-up of shows, especially considering the Russian has followed singer-songwriter Styles since his One Direction days.
But when it comes to getting a meet and greet with the artists, scoring front row tickets or snagging selfies with celebs?
“They don't do these things for me,” the Russian lamented with a laugh. “I don't know how all the players met all the stars, I don't know!”
“I asked once to go to an NBA [game] in Miami and they give me the last, last, last, row—and I was Top 10!” he continued. “And then I see all the players, [Alexander] Zverev, [Lorenzo] Sonego, [Matteo] Berrettini, [Casper] Ruud in the first row, taking pictures with all the stars.
“How it works? I still want to know how it works!”
Nosebleed seats? That's it, someone get this guy a better hook-up, please!
But while Rublev is still trying to figure out how to get backstage, he’s been on-song in his opening two matches at the US Open.
The two-time quarterfinalist endured a grueling five-setter against Laslo Djere, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round, before scoring a more straightforward—but not always drama-free—victory over Kwon Soonwoo 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 to book a third-round meeting with No. 19 seed Denis Shapovalov.