Andrey Rublev points out two reasons explaining his violent outbursts on the court including hitting himself with his rackets

Andrey Rublev gave his reasons behind his acts of self-mutilation during his group stage matches against Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev.


Andrey Rublev points out two reasons explaining his violent outbursts on the court including hitting himself with his rackets

Andrey Rublev receives treatment after being injured through his acts of self-mutilation. (credits: Stuff.co.nz, China Daily- Global Edition)

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev has been playing on top of his form this year but failed miserably at the year-end competition of the highly anticipated ATP Finals.

However, the thing that caught everyone’s eye was Rublev’s actions during his group stage matches against Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev. Rublev hit himself with the racquet during his match against the Spaniard, who had lost a couple of points, leading to blood oozing out of his knee.

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In a recent interview with media outlet Championat, Rublev gave his reasons behind his acts of self-mutilation. Rublev sounded funny when they talked about how he didn’t want to break his racquet by striking it on the ground, thereby choosing to hit it on his knee.

Rublev also shared how he is very selective about his racquets, and there are only a few ones in his collection that he is completely accustomed to. The Russian further revealed how breaking one request would lead to difficulty finding another one. He said:

Why am I hitting my knees? There are two reasons for this. Firstly so as not to break my rackets. I am very selective, it is difficult for me to find snowshoes that suit me. Out of 15 rackets, two or three suit me. For this reason, I can't break them because then I have to find new ones.

Rublev’s second reason behind his act of self-mutilation

That’s not all; Rublev even talked about how he sometimes finds it difficult to contain himself in times of frustration and disgust. He talked about how he constantly thinks about how to wake himself up when he is continuously losing important points in between matches.

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Rublev further added how his anger outburst causes nothing other than shame and pain for himself, but at times he finds it difficult to stop himself from committing these actions. 

Andrey Rublev throws his racquet in disgust during the match against Alexander Zverev. (credits: ABC)

Rublev said:

Second, because I sometimes feel so resentful towards myself that I don't know what else to do to give myself the sign that it's time to wake up. In those moments, I kind of try to say to myself: 'Wake up! Half the match has already passed and you haven't done anything'. 

Continuing his train of thought, he further added:

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This all leads to these angry outbursts. And immediately after this outburst, I feel guilty because I repeat the same mistakes. Because all this madness is unnecessary.

Furthermore, as per the tennis professional himself, he wholeheartedly regrets his actions, revealing that he finds it difficult to motivate himself, which further leads to unnecessary acts.

Despite knowing that these actions are not going to help him and will only lead him to guilt, it seems like Rublev is unable to control his rage

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