With two titles already in 2020, Andrey Rublev, the ATP's third-highest-ranked player under age 23, has made himself a must-watch talent on tour.
And to let fans get to know him a little better, Rublev did a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread on Tuesday with Tennis TV.
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In addition to answering serious questions about his training, gear and game style, he gave Redditors insight into some more off-the-wall topics, such as whether he likes cats.
"Yes, I like cats," Rublev replied.
Fans were particularly enamored of his hair, which user TheMostIllegal called "ridiculously soft," asking what shampoo he uses.
"I [was] lucky enough genetically but also I use special shampoo and conditioners for my type of hair!" he said.
Answering another question about his lush mop, Rublev said he cuts his hair "once every two/three months."
He also corrected the record about a widely held misconception about him, that he was once in a One Direction cover band.
As for a potential return to the music scene, he answered, "For the moment tennis is the priority!"
Rublev also did an interview with Tennis Channel's Prakash Amritraj after his first-round win at the Rotterdam ATP 500. When asked about the eccentrically patterned shirt he was wearing, he said, "It's just because I don't like the collar [on the other, red option]."
Seeded seventh in Rotterdam, he defeated Alexander Bublik, 7-5, 6-3, to advance into the quarterfinals.