16-year-old Andrey Rubley became the first Russian to win the junior title at Roland Garros since 1966
The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament’s remarkable knack for unearthing stars before they make it big has continued with their unveiling of junior French Open champion Andrey Rublev.
The 16-year-old Russian has been lined up to appear at Liverpool Cricket Club for several weeks. But at the weekend he became the first Russian to win the junior title at Roland Garros since 1966.
He was quickly tipped to follow other famous alumni of the city tournament including Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka to the top of the world rankings.
Rublev won the final 6-2, 7-5, defeating Spain’s Jaume Antoni Munar Clar.
Tournament organiser Anders Borg believes Rublev will be the next breakout star in world tennis.
“We have quite a knack of identifying young players with the ability to become world-beaters and inviting them to compete in Liverpool,” he said.
“In previous years tennis fans have taken home fantastic memories of witnessing world-class players just before they explode.
“I firmly believe Rublev is the next one of these breakout stars.
“Fans will see what I mean for themselves when they come to the tournament, which begins on Thursday, June 19 and runs until Sunday, June 22.
“Very soon everyone will be talking about Rublev, this is your opportunity to say you were there when he made the transition from junior star to the senior ranks.”
The tournament, sponsored by Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Hope University, is currently in its 13th year.
Djokovic, Azarenka and Wozniacki all featured in previous Liverpool tournaments, before going on to become number one ranked players in the world.