‘Only Djokovic Can Threaten Umpires..’ – Tennis Fans React to Andrey Rublev’s Shocking Disqualification From ATP Dubai

Published 03/01/2024, 11:21 AM EST

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With the sport getting more competitive with each passing day, it is a common sight of players losing their temper. One such incident took place minutes ago at the ATP 500 Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Russian tennis star, Andrey Rublev, was heard swearing at a linesman in his native language. Subsequently, he was defaulted and his opponent, Alexander Bublik entered the summit clash. This incident went viral on social media and hundreds of fans reacted to it.

It reminded some fans of Novak Djokovic losing his temper at the Australian Open. One of the fans commented, “only if you’re djokovic in australia is it allowed.” 


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Meanwhile, another fan agreed with the fact that Andrey Rublev was defaulted, saying, “No excuse for berating a line umpire like that. If Djokovic was defaulted for a similar infraction at the US Open (albeit in his case, it was unintentional), then it’s only fair that Rublev got defaulted. There’s already a precedent. Same standards should be applied to all.”

However, one Twitter user also reminded everyone about Djokovic venting out his anger at the umpire and not getting defaulted. The comment read, “only Djokovic can threaten umps and not get dq’d.”

One of the fans couldn’t believe the turn of events that went on, saying, “another line judge said he said that lol. Snitches get stitches. Most unreal thing I’ve ever seen including the Djokovic USO default.”

Lastly, one fan, who seemed to be a hardcore Djokovic fan, revealed, “Nole was disqualified for less.”


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Andrey Rublev and his show of anger

The incident took place when Rublev was trailing 6-5 in the final set of his semifinal encounter against Bublik. During the change of ends, he smashed his racket and screamed in the face of a linesman. Subsequently, he was accused of swearing in by a translator and handed a default. Later, Rublev denied those charges and revealed that he didn’t speak Russian during the incident.


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As Andrey Rublev’s ‘Crazy’ Rage Results in a Dangerous Act of Self-Harm, Nick Kyrgios Raises His Concerns for the Inconsolable Russian

It is not the first time Andrey Rublev has vented out his frustration at an official during a tennis match. He even underwent anger management treatment last year to control his emotions while playing. Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev will hope to get over this unfortunate incident quickly. Can he make a strong comeback in the upcoming tournaments? Let us know your views in the comments below.


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Written by:

Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah, a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, combines sports management insight with two years of rich content creation experience. His journey at ES involves delving into the core of tennis, covering ATP/WTA tours, and contributing around 2000 articles. Notably, one of his pieces on Venus Williams garnered over 400k views.
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Arunima Bhanot