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Russia's Andrey Rublev won the title in Moscow in 2019.

VTB Kremlin Cup 2021: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

All about the ATP 250 tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia

Russia's Andrey Rublev will headline the field at the 2021 VTB Kremlin Cup, with former champions Marin Cilic and Karen Khachanov also in action at the ATP 250 event held in Moscow.

Here's what you need to know: 

When is the VTB Kremlin Cup?

The 2021 VTB Kremlin Cup will be held from 18-24 October. The indoor hard ATP 250 tournament, established in 1990, will take place at the Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace in Moscow, Russia. The tournament director is Amir Tarpischev.

Who is playing at the 2021VTB Kremlin Cup?

The VTB Kremlin Cup will feature reigning champion Andrey Rublev along with fellow Russians Aslan Karatsev and Karen Khachanov. Former World No. 3 Marin Cilic and Winston-Salem champion Ilya Ivashka are also in action.

When is the draw for the European Open?

The VTB Kremlin Cup draw will be made on Saturday, 16 October at 2 p.m.

What is the schedule for the European Open?

* Qualifying: Saturday, 16 October - Sunday, 17 October at 10:00 a.m Saturday and 12:00 p.m. Sunday
* Main Draw: Monday, 18 October - Sunday, 24 October. Monday – Friday at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
* Doubles Final: Sunday, 24 October at 2:00 p.m.
* Singles Final: Sunday, 24 October at 4:00 p.m.
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What is the prize money for the European Open?

The prize money for the European Open is $697,125 and the Total Financial Commitment is $779,515.

SINGLES
Winner: $68,380/ 250 points
Finalist: $49,025/ 150 points
Semi-finalist: $34,900/ 90 points
Quarter-finalist: $23,260 / 45 points
Round of 16: $14,960/ 20 points
Round of 28: $9,00/ 0 points

DOUBLES ($ per team)
Winner: $25,530 / 250 points
Finalist: $18,280 / 150 points
Semi-finalist: $12,050 / 90 points
Quarter-finalist: $7,820 / 45 points
Round of 16: $4,590/ 0 points

How can I watch the VTB Kremlin Cup?

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How can I follow the European Open?

Facebook: @kremlincup
Twitter: @tennisrussia
Instagram: @vtbkremlincup

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Who won the last edition of the VTB Kremlin Cup in 2019?

Andrey Rublev won the 2020 VTB Kremlin Cup singles title with a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Adrian Mannarino in the championship match (Read More). Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop lifted the doubles trophy in Moscow with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Simone Bolelli and Andres Molteni in the final (Read More).

Who holds the Moscow record for most titles, oldest champion, youngest champion and more?

Most Titles, Singles: Yevgeny Kafelnikov (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Max Mirnyi (5)
Oldest Champion: Andreas Seppi, 28, in 2012
Youngest Champion: Andrei Cherkasov, 20, in 1990
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 2 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1999
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 107 Carl-Uwe Steeb in 1995
Last Home Champion: Andrey Rublev in 2019
Most Match Wins: Yevgeny Kafelnikov (40)

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Key Storylines

Former Champions In Action: World No. 5 Rublev is the reigning champion in Moscow and returns to defend his title as he aims to win his second tour-level trophy of the season. Croatia’s Cilic will also be competing and he has fond memories in Moscow, having captured the crown in 2014 and 2015, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in both finals.

Home Hopes: Alongside Rublev, World No. 24 Aslan Karatsev and Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Karen Khachanov will compete on home soil. Karatsev sits 13th in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin and will need a deep run to stay in touch with those above him as he aims to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals. Khachanov meanwhile lifted the trophy in Moscow in 2018. Daniil Medvedev was due to compete at the ATP 250 event for the first time since 2018, but withdrew following his run to the fourth round in Indian Wells.

Bublik & Krajinovic Target Maiden Tour-Level Title: Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik has reached the quarter-finals in Moscow on three occasions and arrives in form after enjoying a run to the last four on home soil in Nur-Sultan in September. The World No. 37 has advanced to tour-level finals in Antalya and Singapore this season. Filip Krajinovic is making his fourth appearance at the VTB Kremlin Cup. The Serbian, who fell to Daniil Medvedev in Indian Wells, recently reached the semi-finals in Sofia. 

Did You Know?
From 1990 to 2018, the ATP 250 event was held annually at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. But it moved to the Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace in 2019 due to reconstruction at the Olympic Stadium and remains there this year.
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