Bublik pulls off jaw-dropping trick shot using HANDLE of his racket
Alexander Bublik leaves tennis fans stunned after pulling off a jaw-dropping trick shot using the HANDLE of his racket in his Miami Open defeat by Casper Ruud – with the enigmatic star then even winning the point!
- Alexander Bublik exited the Miami Open after a 6-3, 6-2 defeat by Casper Ruud
- Down a set and trailing 0-4 in the second, Bublik soon opted for the spectacular
- While moving towards the net, he turned his racket upside down, handle up
- Then, in stunning fashion, Bublik made contact for his return using the handle
Alexander Bublik was at his brilliant best once again at the Miami Open after producing a jaw-dropping shot using the handle of his racket to win a point in his defeat by Casper Ruud – leaving the crowd, and his opponent, in awe.
Bublik has been no stranger to pulling off the unexpected during his matches over the years, and he was on hand again to steal the headlines despite his knockout after opting to return a shot in unconventional fashion.
Facing the sixth seed yesterday, and finding himself 0-4 down in the second set after already losing the first, Bublik was able to move to game point for a chance to get himself on the scoreboard. It was then that he attempted the trick shot.
Alexander Bublik left tennis fans stunned after pulling off an audacious upside down trick shot
Bublik, in his knockout defeat at the Miami Open, hit a return using the handle of his racket
Ruud launched a high return into the air, which Bublik watched closely.
Then, he made a quick dash to the net after spotting the ball about to drop down and, while doing so, was able to turn his racket upside down.
In stunning style, Bublik was able to make contact with the handle and pull off a near-perfect drop shot.
His opponent, Casper Ruud, lofted a shot into the air, which Bublik watched closely on court
Then, Bublik moved forward towards the net while turning his racket upside down, handle up
Ruud managed to squeeze away a return, before his show-stopping opponent won the point with an overhead smash.
The crowd audibly displayed their delight at the shot, and the commentators were also left in stitches.
Bublik, 24, was also overjoyed by the feat, and was spotted walking back to his bench with a big smile on his face.
In stunning fashion, Bublik made contact with the ball with the handle to pull off his return
The ball dropped over to the other side of the court, wowing the crowd and even Ruud himself
However, he only went on to win one more game with Ruud wrapping up his 6-3, 6-2 triumph inside just 58 minutes on the court.
Despite the setback, Bublik, the 30th seed, was in good spirits after the match, and wished Ruud well by telling him: ‘You played well today’.
The Norwegian, while laughing, then responded by telling Bublik he would end up on Tennis TV’s social media platforms for his trick shots.
Both players returned to their benches smiling, although it was Ruud who went on to progress
To little surprise, footage of the upside down shot went viral online – with fellow tennis enigma Nick Kyrgios praising Bublik’s effort.
After beating Fabio Fognini to reach the last-16, a match which saw him hit one of his trademark underarm serves, Kyrgios shone a light on Bublik’s trickery.
He responded to one of the clips by simply saying: ‘That’s crazy’.
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