Thoughtful. Genuine. Funny. Open. Generous.
These are a range of the words today’s ATP and WTA players use to highlight one of their own. By now, Andrey Rublev has established himself as a Top 10 mainstay thanks to an unquestionable desire to win and a formidable—perhaps even unrivaled—work ethic. He’s also a sensitive soul with a heart bigger than Arthur Ashe Stadium. That quality resonates most with his peers, pointing to why kind is a prevalent descriptor when summing up a tour colleague who spreads unconditional compassion to everyone—except himself.
For all that’s he’s accomplished, humility is still deeply rooted within Rublev’s DNA. When Daniil Medvedev declared that his good friend was “probably the kindest person on tour” during this year’s Dubai trophy ceremony, Rublev immediately yelled back that “it’s a big lie!” He doesn’t like to talk about himself unless it relates to self-improvement or atoning for a lapse in judgment, and one won’t find the Russian showing off on Instagram to his near 500,000 followers. Those who’ve come to know Rublev over the years are more than gracious enough to do it for the unassuming fan favorite.
“That's the guy who will never allow you to pay in any restaurant, or if you go out or to visit something. That will just not happen. He's always trying to take care of others,” Daria Kasatkina shares in an email. “Andrey, he's a very simple guy. He's so open and if you approach him, he will never refuse to talk to you. He’s a very nice, shining guy, and just a great human being.”