2020 would be the worst year in history but the best year for Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev and his team. While the 23-years-old was voted the most improved player of the year in the 2020 ATP Awards by his fellow players, his coach Fernando Vicente was named 2020 coach of the year. Anyhow, the 43-years-old Spaniard is proud of his pupil’s recent stunning performances.
Rublev began the 2020 season as the 23rd tennis player globally, but he concluded as a top ten player. Meanwhile, Russian won titles in Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, and Vienna with 41-10 win/loss records. Ultimately, he played his first ATP Finals in London.
Followed by these remarkable achievements, Andrey Rublev and his coach have received a lot of praise, and they were eventually honoured by ATP with individual awards.
After being elected as a coach of the year, Fernando Vicente said, “These awards, both mine and Andrey’s, are just a consequence of the years of hard work and countless hours dedicated to a sport that gives us so many emotions – for better or for worse.”
“We’ve gone through some difficult times during these last almost five years together”, the former Spanish tennis star added.
“I’ve Learned And Continue To Learn A Lot With Him(Rublev)”: Coach Vicente
Fernando Vicente, the first Spanish to win ATP’s coach of the year award, also revealed the secrets behind their success.
World No.8’s coach continued, “I would say Andrey has made me a better coach. I’ve learned and continue to learn a lot with him. I think that on my end, he understands what I’m trying to impart on him and there’s a very good personal connection, too. If not, it would be impossible to stay together for so long.”
Vicente also said that he is pleased with almost everything.“It was his best year in terms of Ranking, he won the five finals he played, and in general, his entire game improved a lot. I would give him an ‘outstanding’ on the season,” he concluded.