Promising Russian tennis player Alexander Bublik in the near future will compete under the flag of Kazakhstan. This was the 19-year-old native of St. Petersburg announced on social networks.
“I am glad to inform that now I will represent Kazakhstan in the years of my career,” – said a Bagel in their accounts in Twitter and Instagram.
Bagel is currently ranked 214th in the world rankings of the Association of tennis professionals (ATP). In October, he reached the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup beaten the first racket of the Moscow tournament of Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut. In 2016, the Alexander has earned 54 thousand dollars in prize money.
According to personal trainer Michael southern Boris Sobkin, changing Bagel of sport nationality is a serious loss for Russian tennis. It is associated exclusively with the financial issue and does not have any political or ideological overtones.
“Everyone should understand that the change of sport nationality is never free, and that means the Bagel is suggested that these financial conditions, which in Russia he will not be offered in the near future. He lives alone, and, as far as I know, the family has no finances, and now he’s the transition period when money is needed: you have yourself to recoup and pay for the coach,” said Sobkin TASS.
Meanwhile, the head of the Russian tennis Federation (OFWs) Shamil Tarpischev said that he will try to keep Alexander for performances for the national team of Russia.
“A bagel is a good tennis player. Would be a shame to lose him, but we hope to defend it” – quoted Tarpishchev TASS.
Previously under the flag of Kazakhstan have moved many Russian tennis players, among whom Yaroslava Shvedova, Yulia Putintseva and Evgeny Korolev. Some, like Ksenia Pervakcame back. In this case, athletes do not hide that in this country they were offered more favorable financial conditions.