Date of birth: June 17, 1997
Place of birth: Satchina, Russia
Height: 6ft 5in (1.96m)
ATP Tour titles: 1
Career-high ranking: 30
Best Grand Slam performance: US Open 2019, Wimbledon 2021
UTS appearances: UTS4
Style and personality:
The Bublik Enemy is back at UTS! Having made his debut in UTS4 with his own unique style of play a perfect match for the innovative competition, Bublik returns. The Kazakh won just one of his three matches on his debut but the way he plays, with huge serves, double faults, drop shots and underarm serves, you never know exactly what you’re going to get. If he’s on his game, though, few players are harder to play, and tougher to beat, and with the unique format of the UTS, his trick shots should come in handy.
Like many players with a lot of shots at their disposal, Bublik took time to really find his feet on the ATP Tour. He reached his first final on grass in Newport in 2019, only to lose out to Roberto Carreno Busta in a deciding-set tiebreak. He made a second in Chengu the same year, before making two more in 2021, in Singapore and Antalya. He finally made the big breakthrough in Montpellier in 2022, beating then world No 3 Alexander Zverev in the final, showing everyone he’s more than a trick shot. If he was more stable on court, he’d probably win more often, but he also wouldn’t be the entertainer he is.
UTS Los Angeles by Builder.ai:
Eliminated in Round Robin (3rd) with 1 Win and 2 Losses