Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev has signed up to play the Open 13 Provence in Marseille next year, the tournament announced on Thursday.
Rublev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, is set to make his third appearance on the indoor-hard courts of Marseille.
Rublev debuted at the Marseille event in 2017, when he made it past the qualifying even before losing in the first set.
Rublev returned to Marseille in 2019 and that time made the quarterfinal.
Rublev will be one of the biggest names in the 2021 Marseille player field and certainly a top favorite to win the title.
Rublev enjoyed a great weekend at the Laver Cup
Last weekend, Rublev won his lone singles match and both of his doubles match to help Team Europe secure a 14-1 victory over Team World.
On the final day, Rublev and Alexander Zverev beat Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov to seal the win for Team Europe.
Roger Federer, who represented Team Europe in the first three editions, was in attendance.
After their doubles win, Rublev joked Federer was supporting Team World.
“I don’t know, I saw Roger was supporting Team World during our doubles!” Rublev joked.
Zverev, who recently ended runner-up at the US Open, backed Rublev’s claim. “Actually, that makes sense now because he was trying to confuse me during the singles yesterday as well,” Zverev said. “While the whole team was telling me to do one thing he was telling me to do the complete opposite. So now, I understand – smart guy over there!”
Rublev was surprised with the way he performed in doubles.
“It surprised me either. I was thinking I’m one od the worst ones in doubles, that I could only shoot forehands and that’s it but looks like I can play doubles as well. Like Sascha said, it’s been amazing, it’s been a pleasure to be with these guys,” Rublev said.