After his semi-final victory in Dubai over Alexander Zverev, he says: “You can’t pretend nothing is happening because it’s terrible.” It’s “crazy that so many ordinary people are suffering and dying.”
Already last year – shortly after the Ukraine war started – Andrey Rublev wrote on a camera lens: “Please no war.” Now he follows up in the same place.
“It’s hard to talk about. Because if you try to just play tennis, you know it affects you.”
“His lyrics gave people a lot of hope back then,” he explains. “I wrote it because similar things are happening now.”