“It Might Be a 1000$ Fine”: Andrey Rublev Furious Over Chair Umpire Call at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/16/2021, 2:57 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – St Petersburg Open – St Petersburg, Russia – October 14, 2020 Russia’s Andrey Rublev reacts during his quarter final doubles match with Karen Khachanov against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik and Reilly Opelka of the U.S. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov nearly escaped a narrow defeat at the Cincinnati Open last night. However, Rublev escaped much more than the defeat last night in his men’s doubles opening round match. The Russian got a warning from umpire Scotty Moore for using abusive language in Russian.

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Scotty Moore, an American, did not understand the words Rublev used during the match. Hence, she gave a warning to the player, which may have turned into a fine later on.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Mixed Doubles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist Andrey Rublev of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts on the podium REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

“I haven’t said it”: Andrey Rublev denies using abusive language on the court

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It is very difficult for umpires to understand the words players use during their matches. The players often communicate with their coaches from the coach’s box. Overall, umpires do not know when a player is abusing or when a player is taking instructions. However, Scotty Moore did not hesitate in giving a warning to the Russian national.

While it might have appeared to be an act of foul language to Moore, Rublev has totally denied using such language. “It’s centre court, it’s on tv, it might be a $1000 fine, I don’t want it because I haven’t said it,” said Rublev in his post-match interview.

Rublev wanted to speak with the supervisors of the tournament. He believed he said something in Russian which Moore could not understand and hence it was a case of misunderstanding.

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Rublev and Khachanov advance into the next round

Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov beat Maximo Gonzalez and Simone Bolelli in the first round of the men’s doubles category at the Cincinnati Open. They went down in the first set, losing a tight tiebreak of 6-7. However, the second set saw a strong comeback from the Russians, as they won 6-3.

The final set was a thrilling encounter between the two pairs as they gave it their all. Rublev and Khachanov won a narrow contest during another tiebreak. The match went down to the wire as the Russians won 11-9.

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They will now face Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers in the second round of the tournament. The match is scheduled for tomorrow, but the time is yet to be revealed.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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