|Full name||Alexander Stanislavovich Bublik|
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Born||17 June 1997|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||103-102 (50.2%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 30 (21 February 2022)|
|Current ranking||No. 36 (31 October 2022)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2017, 2021, 2022)|
|French Open||2R (2019, 2020, 2022)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2021, 2022)|
|US Open||3R (2019)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2021)|
|Career record||30-54 (35.7%) (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 47 (8 November 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 156 (26 September 2022)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2020)|
|French Open||F (2021)|
|US Open||2R (2022)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||1R (2021)|
|Grand Slam mixed doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2021)|
|French Open||1R (2022)|
|Last updated on: 26 September 2022.|
Alexander Stanislavovich "Sasha" Bublik ( ? ; born 17 June 1997) is a Russian-born Kazakhstani professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 30 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which he achieved in February 2022, and is the current Kazakhstani No. 1 player. Bublik also has a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 47, attained on 8 November 2021.
In November 2016, Bublik announced he would change his citizenship from that of his home country of Russia to Kazakhstan after receiving support from the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation that the Russian Tennis Federation allegedly did not provide him. Since turning professional, Bublik has won one ATP Tour singles title and been a runner-up in four additional finals, and he achieved his greatest success at a Grand Slam at the 2021 French Open as the runner-up in his first career doubles final with partner Andrey Golubev. At 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in), Bublik is known for his powerful serve and led the 2021 ATP Tour in the number of aces served in the season. His occasional use of unpredictable trick shots and the underarm serve has also led him to develop a reputation on tour as a player with a capricious game style.
Alexander Stanislavovich Bublik was born on 17 June 1997 in Gatchina, Russia and began playing tennis at the age of four. He was coached by his father, Stanislav. On the junior tour, Bublik reached a career-high ranking of No. 19 and won eleven titles (six singles and five doubles) on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior circuit.
In 2016, Bublik joined several other players by switching to playing for Kazakhstan, explaining:
As hurtful as it may sound, nobody cared about me in Russia. And now people care about me. And they do everything for my career to be successful. That's the most important thing! Kazakhstan Tennis Federation -- they really look after me. They help, work, create the conditions for me to play well. It was impossible in Russia. There is also a wonderful tennis center in Astana. I don't know how to describe it in words. But it's awesome. Since we have already made a decision to play for Kazakhstan, I am never going back to the Russian team [like Ksenia Pervak]. I am not going back.
Bublik began 2016 ranked World No. 964. He won his first Futures title in Doha in April 2016, followed by titles in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sweden.
Bublik qualified for the Kremlin Cup, where he notched the biggest win of his career, upsetting the top seed and world No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets in the round of 16. He then lost a tight three-set match to the eventual champion Pablo Carreño Busta.
In November 2016, Bublik announced that he would represent Kazakhstan.
By the end of the year, Bublik's ranking had skyrocketed 759 places to No. 205.
Bublik won his second Challenger title in Aptos. In September, after making the semifinals of a Challenger tournament in Istanbul, Bublik broke into the top 100 for the first time, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 95.
Bublik struggled for much of the 2018 season, seeing his ranking drop into the 200s. However, he prevailed in his last event of the year, winning eight matches to capture the Challenger title in Bratislava.
Bublik earned his first Masters 1000 win in Miami, winning two qualifying matches and defeating Tennys Sandgren in a third-set tiebreak.
His next tournament was in Monterrey, where he again defeated Sandgren in a third-set tiebreak en route to his sixth Challenger title. This win propelled Bublik back into the top 100.
Bublik reached his second ATP 250 final of the season in Chengdu, where he defeated top-30 players Taylor Fritz and Grigor Dimitrov, before losing the final in a third-set tiebreak to Pablo Carreño Busta. The result helped him to reach a new career-high of No. 48 in November.
Bublik reached the semifinals of Marseille, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets. As a lucky loser, Bublik reached the quarterfinals of Hamburg, beating Albert Ramos Viñolas and Félix Auger-Aliassime, before losing to Cristian Garín in 3 sets.
Bublik started his 2021 season at the Antalya Open. Seeded eighth, he reached his third ATP 250 final, notching his second top-10 victory against top seed and world No. 10, Matteo Berrettini, in the quarterfinals. He was forced to retire in the final after trailing 0-2 in the first set against Alex de Minaur.
At the 2021 Madrid Open, he defeated Denis Shapovalov and Aslan Karatsev to equal his previous Masters 1000 result, but lost to Casper Ruud. As a result, he achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 40 on 10 May 2021.
In only his sixth appearance at a Grand Slam in doubles, Bublik reached his second Grand Slam doubles semifinal in his career at the 2021 French Open partnering with fellow Kazakh Andrey Golubev defeating No. 5 seeded Ivan Dodig/Filip Polá?ek (second round), No. 11 seeded Wesley Koolhof/Jean-Julien Rojer (third round) and Hugo Nys/Tim Pütz (quarterfinals) en route, his best showing at this Grand Slam. In the semifinal the Kazakh duo defeated the Spanish duo Pablo Andújar/Pedro Martínez who were both making their Grand Slam semifinals doubles debut. They played in the final against the French home favorites Nicolas Mahut/Pierre-Hugues Herbert, but they lost 6-4, 6-7, 4-6. As a result, he entered the top 50 in doubles at World No. 49 on 14 June 2021.
Bublik started his 2022 season at the Adelaide International 2. Seeded sixth, he lost in the first round to Australian wildcard Aleksandar Vukic. Ranked 37 at the Australian Open, he was defeated in the second round by 17th seed and world No. 20, Gaël Monfils.
In February, Bublik reached his fifth ATP singles final at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Seeded sixth, he defeated Tallon Griekspoor, qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert, second seed Roberto Bautista Agut, and fifth seed Filip Krajinovi? en route to the final. There, he defeated top seed and world No. 3, Alexander Zverev, to earn his first career win over a top-five player, as well as his first ATP singles title. At the Rotterdam Open, he was eliminated from the tournament in the first round by Andy Murray. Seeded seventh at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, he lost in the second round to Arthur Rinderknech. In Dubai, he was beaten in the first round by fifth seed and world No. 11, Hubert Hurkacz. Seeded 31st at the Indian Wells Masters, he beat 2009 finalist and former world No. 1, Andy Murray, in the second round. He lost in the third round to 33rd seed and last year semifinalist, Grigor Dimitrov. Seeded 30th at the Miami Open, he was defeated in the third round by sixth seed, world No. 8, and eventual finalist, Casper Ruud.
Bublik started his clay-court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters. He beat 2014 champion, Stan Wawrinka, in the first round for his first win at this event. He retired during his second-round match against 13th seed and world No. 19, Pablo Carreño Busta, for no obvious reason. Seeded 16th at the Barcelona Open, he was beaten in the second round by Emil Ruusuvuori. Last year quarterfinalist at the Madrid Open, he lost in the first round to Miomir Kecmanovi?. Due to not defending his quarterfinalist points from last year, Bublik's ranking fell from 33 to 41. In Rome, he was defeated in the first round by lucky loser Marcos Giron. Seeded eighth at the Geneva Open, he was beaten in the first round by Kamil Majchrzak. Ranked 42 at the French Open, he lost in the second round to 28th seed Miomir Kecmanovi?.
Bublik started his grass-court season at the BOSS Open in Stuttgart. Seeded seventh, he lost in the second round to eventual finalist, Andy Murray. At the Queen's Club Championships, he was defeated in the second round by seventh seed, world No. 17, and two-time champion, Marin ?ili?. In Eastbourne, he beat seventh seed, Frances Tiafoe, in the first round. He was eliminated in the quarterfinals by third seed, world No. 14, 2019 champion, and eventual champion, Taylor Fritz. Ranked 38 at Wimbledon, he reached the third round where he lost to 23rd seed, Frances Tiafoe, in four sets.
After Wimbledon, Bublik competed at the Hall of Fame Open. Seeded third, he beat sixth seed, Andy Murray, in the quarterfinals. He then defeated Jason Kubler in the semifinals to reach his 6th ATP singles final, his 2nd ATP singles final of the year, and his 2nd Hall of Fame Open final. He lost in a thrilling final to fourth seed Maxime Cressy.
In August, Bublik played at the National Bank Open. He lost in the first round to Jenson Brooksby. Bublik then missed the Western & Southern Open, and the Winston-Salem Open due to the birth of his son Vasily. Ranked No. 47 at the US Open, he was defeated in the second round by 12th seed, world No. 15, and two-time semifinalist, Pablo Carreño Busta.
Bublik has participated three times in the Kazakhstan Davis Cup team since 2019 and as of 2022, he has a win-loss record of 9-4 in singles and 3-2 in doubles in Davis Cup competition. In 2021, he elaborated on his motivation when playing at the Davis Cup by explaining, "I take Davis Cup more seriously than [the] singles Tour because I'm not only playing for myself, but I play for the country, for the fans, and it's extra." Despite his more sporadic record on the ATP Tour, Bublik reiterated that, "In Davis Cup, I don't have 30 weeks to have good behaviour, bad behaviour, good match or bad match. I think I just go on court and try to be the best now, do what I can do now at the special moment."
He made his Davis Cup debut at the 2019 qualifying round in his singles match against Portugals João Sousa, where he won in three sets to help Kazakhstan advance to the 2019 Finals. At the Finals, Bublik narrowly lost to Robin Haase of the Netherlands in three sets, but he teamed up with Mikhail Kukushkin to win the deciding doubles match against Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer and seal their first tie win. In Kazakhstan's tie against Great Britain, Bublik played his second singles match, where he defeated Dan Evans, but he lost his doubles match with Kukushkin to Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. With the loss against Great Britain, Kazakhstan lost in the group stage and thus, ended their campaign.
Bublik played the following year's qualifying round, where they faced off against Netherlands once more. He won his first singles match against Tallon Griekspoor and his second against Haase, both in straight sets, and brought his team through to the 2021 Finals. At the Finals, Bublik took on Swedens Mikael Ymer and won in three sets to help his team win the tie. He maintained his momentum against Canadas Vasek Pospisil in their next tie to win in straight sets to bring Kazakhstan to its sixth quarterfinal at the Davis Cup. There, Bublik succumbed to Serbias Novak Djokovic in straight sets and the team ultimately lost its tie to end their campaign.
In 2022, Representing Kazakhstan at the Davis Cup tie versus Norway, he won both of his matches beating Viktor Durasovic and Casper Ruud. In the end, Kazakhstan won the tie over Norway 3-1. After the US Open, Bublik represented Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup Group stage. Kazakhstan is in Group D alongside The Netherlands, the USA, and Great Britain. Against the Netherlands, he lost to Botic van de Zandschulp; however, he won the doubles tie with Aleksandr Nedovyesov beating Wesley Koolhof /Matwé Middelkoop. The Netherlands won the tie over Kazakhstan 2-1. Against the USA, he lost to Taylor Fritz, but he won doubles again with Nedovyesov defeating Rajeev Ram/Jack Sock. The USA ended up winning the tie 2-1.
At 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in), Bublik possesses a powerful serve and led the 2021 ATP Tour in the number of aces served throughout the season. His unpredictable game style on court has often caught opponents off-guard through his occasional use of the underarm serve and tendency to add trick shots in his matches. His style has drawn comparisons to that of Nick Kyrgios, who also developed a reputation for often playing in an unorthodox manner.
Bublik is also known for his irreverence to the sport and casual approach to practicing. Bublik described his unprecedented run to the 2021 French Open doubles final as a "pure accident", and explained that he did not treat doubles as professional tennis, but as a way to "make some extra money, hang around, make some jokes." In a 2020 interview with L'Équipe, Bublik also stated that he lamented the sport and that the financial incentives were what kept him going: "If there was no money, I would stop playing tennis instantly. I haven't earned enough money, in any other case I would have already retired". However, in 2022, he contradicted these statements, saying for Good Morning Tennis that "over time, and it's been three years since that interview, things have changed a lot and [he] love playing tennis now because [he] realized that's what [he] wanted to do as a kid".
Current through the 2022 Miami Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||2R||Q2||Q1||1R||2R||2R||0 / 4||3-4||43%|
|French Open||A||Q3||Q1||2R||2R||1R||2R||0 / 4||3-4||43%|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||Q2||1R||NH||3R||3R||0 / 4||4-4||50%|
|US Open||A||Q1||A||3R||1R||2R||2R||0 / 4||4-4||50%|
|Win-loss||0-0||1-2||0-0||3-3||1-3||4-4||5-4||0 / 16||14-16||47%|
|Summer Olympics||A||NH||1R||NH||0 / 1||0-1||0%|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||RR||QF||0 / 2||8-2||80%|
|Win-loss||0-0||0-0||0-0||2-1||2-0||2-2||2-0||0 / 3||8-3||73%|
|ATP Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||Q2||Q2||A||NH||A||3R||0 / 1||1-1||50%|
|Miami Open||A||Q1||A||2R||NH||QF||3R||0 / 3||5-3||63%|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||NH||1R||2R||0 / 2||1-2||33%|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||NH||QF||1R||0 / 2||3-2||60%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||0 / 3||0-3||0%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||Q1||NH||2R||1R||0 / 2||1-2||33%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||Q1||1R||2R||A||0 / 2||1-2||33%|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||1R||NH||0 / 1||0-1||0%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||Q1||1R||2R||0 / 2||1-2||33%|
|Win-loss||0-0||0-0||0-0||1-2||0-3||9-7||3-6||0 / 18||13-18||42%|
|Win-loss||2-2||3-3||1-4||15-15||14-16||35-30||11-7||1 / 76||81-77||51%|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Loss||2021||French Open||Clay||Andrey Golubev|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|6-4, 6-7(1-7), 4-6|
|Runner-up||2018||Palembang, Indonesia||Hard||Denis Yevseyev|| Rohan Bopanna
|Loss||0-1||Jul 2019||Hall of Fame Open, United States||250 Series||Grass||John Isner||6-7(2-7), 3-6|
|Loss||0-2||Sep 2019||Chengdu Open, China||250 Series||Hard||Pablo Carreño Busta||7-6(7-5), 4-6, 6-7(3-7)|
|Loss||0-3||Jan 2021||Antalya Open, Turkey||Hard||Alex de Minaur||0-2 ret.|
|Loss||0-4||Feb 2021||Singapore Open, Singapore||Hard (i)||Alexei Popyrin||6-4, 0-6, 2-6|
|Win||1-4||Feb 2022||Open Sud de France, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Alexander Zverev||6-4, 6-3|
|Loss||1-5||Jul 2022||Hall of Fame Open, United States||250 Series||Grass||Maxime Cressy||6-2, 3-6, 6-7(3-7)|
|Loss||1-6||Sep 2022||Moselle Open, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Lorenzo Sonego||6-7(3-7), 2-6|
|Loss||0-1||Jun 2021||French Open, France||Grand Slam||Clay||Andrey Golubev|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|6-4, 6-7(1-7), 4-6|
|Win||1-0||Apr 2016||Qatar F2, Doha||Futures||Hard||Benjamin Bonzi||7-6(7-4), 7-6(9-7)|
|Loss||1-1||Apr 2016||Qatar F3, Doha||Futures||Hard||Tak Khunn Wang||0-6, 6-4, 2-6|
|Win||2-1||Jun 2016||Russia F1, Moscow||Futures||Clay||Filip Horanský||6-3, 7-6(7-5)|
|Win||3-1||Sep 2016||Russia F8, Saint Petersburg||Futures||Hard (i)||Alexander Vasilenko||6-3, 7-5|
|Win||4-1||Oct 2016||Sweden F5, Falun||Futures||Hard (i)||Edward Corrie||6-4, 6-4|
|Win||5-1||Feb 2017||Morelos, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Nicolás Jarry||7-6(7-5), 6-4|
|Win||6-1||Aug 2017||Aptos, USA||Challenger||Hard||Liam Broady||6-2, 6-3|
|Win||7-1||Nov 2018||Bratislava, Slovakia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Luká? Rosol||6-4, 6-4|
|Win||8-1||Feb 2019||Budapest, Hungary||Challenger||Hard (i)||Roberto Marcora||6-0, 6-3|
|Win||9-1||Mar 2019||Pau, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Norbert Gombos||5-7, 6-3, 6-3|
|Win||10-1||Apr 2019||Monterrey, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Emilio Gómez||6-3, 6-2|
|Loss||0-1||Aug 2014||Russia F6, Kazan||Futures||Clay||Roman Safiullin|| Andrei Levine
|Win||1-1||Sep 2014||Russia F10, Vsevolozhsk||Futures||Clay||Richard Muzaev|| Vladimir Ivanov
|6-3, 3-6, [11-9]|
|Win||2-1||Nov 2014||Estonia F4, Tallinn||Futures||Hard (i)||Evgenii Tiurnev|| Iván Arenas-Gualda
Jorge Hernando Ruano
|6-4, 6-7(5-7), [10-1]|
|Loss||2-2||Sep 2015||Russia F7, Vsevolozhsk||Futures||Clay||Richard Muzaev|| Denys Molchanov
|Win||3-2||Nov 2015||Turkey F43, Antalya||Futures||Hard||Darko Jandri?|| Tuna Altuna
|3-6, 6-4, [10-8]|
|Loss||3-3||Jan 2016||Germany F2, Kaarst||Futures||Carpet (i)||Hubert Hurkacz|| Danylo Kalenichenko
|7-6(7-2), 4-6, [7-10]|
|Loss||3-4||Aug 2018||Jinan, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Alexander Pavlioutchenkov|| Hsieh Cheng-peng
|6-7(5-7), 6-4, [5-10]|
Bublik's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered:
|1.||Gaël Monfils||9||French Open, France||Clay||1R||6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3||49|
|2.||Matteo Berrettini||10||Antalya Open, Turkey||Hard||QF||7-6(8-6), 6-4||49|
|3.||Alexander Zverev||7||Rotterdam Open, Netherlands||Hard (i)||1R||7-5, 6-3||43|
|4.||Alexander Zverev||3||Open Sud de France, France||Hard (i)||F||6-4, 6-3||35|
|5.||Casper Ruud||8||Davis Cup Qualifying, Oslo, Norway||Hard (i)||RR||6-4, 5-7, 6-4||32|
|6.||Cameron Norrie||8||Davis Cup, Glasgow, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||GS||6-4, 6-3||44|