Andrey Rublev is considered as one of the rising stars on the ATP Tour. The former junior number one has produced wins over Pablo Carreno Busta and Fernando Verdasco in 2015 and has been tipped by many as one of the biggest stars for the future.
The teenager is currently playing in a Challenger tournament is Moscow, where controversy has broken out following accusations from another player of threatening behaviour. The incident happened during his second round victory against Argentina’s Renzo Olivo.
Following the match, Olivo uploaded a public letter to his Twitter account in which he said that he received threats during the match and he was almost hit by a member of the crowd as he left the court.
“I am disappointed with what happened during today’s match, in which the rival played against the rules a couple of times, and threatened me”. Olivo said. The Argentine criticised the umpire for not suspending the match.
Regulations state that when a player is threatened during a match it should be suspended. Then, following his loss, as he walked off the court. Olivo said that he was nearly punched by a member of the public. “I felt someone grabbing me, and there is someone from the crowd, ready to hit me.
Luckily, I could push him away and people from the crowd managed to stop him”.He recounted. Olivo said that the reason why he has made the letter public was because he would hope that it would catch the attention of the ATP.
Ending the letter, the world number 164 confirmed that this isn’t the first time that he has received threats. He has received numerous threats in the past from betters and on social media. There has so far been no comment from Rublev or the tournament organizers in relation to the incident.
Go to page 2 to read Olivo's letter in a Tweet!