A few days ago I wrote a chapter regarding the Kremlin Cup which is currently being played in Moscow and I referred to a young tennis professional by the name of Aslan Karatsev. Personally I did not give him much of a chance against fellow countryman Mikhael Youzhny who despite his ranking of 150 is still a man to be respected on court.
Karatsev made it through qualifying by beating three fellow Russians in a tournament other than a Challenger event which he mainly plays to gather ranking points. His straight sets win over Youzhny by the score of 6-4, 6-4 shows that he may just be a player to look out for as many players who make it through the qualifying are a little star struck by the time the main draw commences.
Aslan has also had a great first round win in the Mens doubles where he and fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev upset the number three seeded combination. As previously written Aslan has only pocketed $55,000 so far in his short career but this tournament will probably earn him around half that again by the time he has been beaten.
The pressure may then be off for a little while so Aslan can enjoy playing and not be concerned about where his next dollar may come from.
Well played young fella, keep it going......