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Andrey Rublev Dubai Saga: Coco Gauff’s Coach Joins Tennis Pros to Raise a Major Concern

Published 03/02/2024, 4:13 AM EST

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Andrey Rublev‘s controversial defeat at the Dubai Tennis Championships shocked everyone! He was disqualified in the semi-final round for his unsportsmanlike conduct towards the line judge. After this incident, a lot of popular faces from the tennis world shared their take on the same. Recently, even Coco Gauff‘s coach, Brad Gilbert, joined the tennis fraternity to voice a major concern regarding the shocking disqualification.

Not only that, there are a lot of debates and discussions going on regarding whether an electronic line call-in system should be put in to have a fair choice. Let’s take a look at what the tennis world has to say about the Russian tennis player’s defeat in the Dubai semi-finals.

Coco Gauff’s coach shares his take on Andrey Rublev’s sudden disqualification

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During the semi-final round of the tournament, there was a moment when the Russian tennis player got upset with the line judge over a game point, turning everything upside down. After this incident, his opponent, Alexander Bublik, was given an easy pass to the final. But at the same time, there were a lot of discussions going on about whether the tennis world would have been better if the line judges were replaced with an electronic line-calling system.

Not only that, a lot of popular personalities came up to share their take on placing the line judges after the 26-year-old was disqualified for yelling at an official. Even Brad Gilbert took to his Twitter account to share his take on how technology should take center stage, as what happened with Rublev was not right.

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He wrote, “Just saw what happened to Rubles on the default in Dubai, the technology is there  every @atptour @WTA tournament should be mandatory now to have electronic line calling, and for incidentals so frustrating to not have it now, so much easier for players to except calls move on.” 

Along with that, he also highlighted that both the major tennis tours should take on the electronic line calling system as soon as possible to avoid such kinds of incidents. Nevertheless, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Daria Kasatkina also came forward to talk about the electronic line calling system.

Tennis stars stand bringing the electronic line calling into the game 

A lot of tennis players took to their social media accounts to share how electronic line calling is quite important, rather than taking away a player’s points and disqualifying him from the tournament. Even the 26-year-old Russian WTA star also shared her take on the same. She wrote, “So you can just default a player, take his points and money away, without even checking a video replay??? What a joke, another confirmation we need a VAR in tennis and a electronic line calling on all tournaments.” 

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Along with that, the 24-year-old Spanish player highlighted how it was not unfair, regarding whatever happened with Rublev, and that the rules should be revised and changed at the same time. He added, “Very unfair that they disqualify Rublev without first ensuring that what the line judge understood is correct. That rule should be reviewed and changed. Shameful. We need VAR in tennis.” 

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Not only the tennis players but also the tennis fans are not happy with the way things have turned out to be. Rublev’s disqualification has brought a major concern to the tennis players’ eyes; to replace the line judges with an electronic line calling system.

Nevertheless, what are your thoughts on Rublev’s disqualification? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash, tennis writer and resident analyst at EssentiallySports isn't just a sports journalist; she's a storyteller who found her true calling in tennis content. It is something she seamlessly integrates into both her professional and personal realms. Having professional certifications in content and digital marketing, Pratishtha has made it a habit to hone her skills as a quality journalist.
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