Daria Kasatkina defends Andrey Rublev and she rips ATP and WTA

The Russian tennis player defended her countryman, the protagonist of a controversial episode in Dubai

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Daria Kasatkina defends Andrey Rublev and she rips ATP and WTA
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Daria Kasatkina didn't like the treatment suffered by Andrey Rublev at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament.

The Russian tennis player defended her countryman through a post in which she accused the chair umpire and supervisor of not having checked all the videos available to her.

"So you can just disqualify a player, take away all his points and money, without even checking the video? What a joke, yet another confirmation that we need VAR in tennis and an electronic appeal system in all tournaments," said Kasatkina.

What happened: Did Rublev really deserve the disqualification and all that comes with it?

It is causing a lot of discussion when it happened on the Center Court of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the final part of the match between Andrey Rublev and Alexander Bublik. After losing the break advantage in the third and decisive set, the Russian began to go into a rage, as often happens to him, showing his dissatisfaction.

With the score at 5-5, the Russian went face to face with one of the line judges and shouted something at him in his language, for a wrong call. The decision to disqualify Rublev took shape a few seconds later, when during the change of ends two line judges approached the referee and also asked the tournament supervisor to tell him what had happened.

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev© Christopher Pike / Stringer Getty Images Sport
 

Th umpire didn't think for a second and ended the match one step away from the tie-break. Bublik tried to savehis rival by expressing his desire to continue the match but the regulations are clear and do not provide exceptions in such situations. The Kazakh will have the chance to play for the title on Sunday.

The issue happened during the changeover, two line judges approached the referee and also asked the tournament supervisor. The second judge (not the boy initially involved-ed.) communicated the serious words that Rublev would have addressed to his colleague, resulting in his immediate disqualification. According to what the person in question stated, Rublev's insults would have been truly serious.

The umpire, with the help of the Supervisor, didn't think for a second and ended the match one step away from the tie-break by disqualifying the Russian. As I wrote a few lines above, Bublik has expressed his desire to continue the match to save Rublev, but the rules do not provide for this possibility in such situations.

Bublik told about the issue: "I highly doubt that Andrey said something so crazy, he is absolutely not that kind of person. I understand that they will have followed the rules, it's really a shame that it ended like this, I would have preferred to lose 7-6 at third in this way.

In situations like these we cannot remove the athlete, tennis is made for athletes and we are the ones who take to the court and play, not the others. The referees could be removed, perhaps an automatic system could be inserted for each point and the referees would not exist."

 Bublik is therefore the first finalist of the Dubai tournament and will await the winner of the challenge between Daniil Medvedev and Ugo Humbert.

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