Andrey Rublev was seen in action on Day One of Cincinnati Masters on Sunday, as he entered the main draw of Men’s Doubles event. Rublev is playing alongside fellow Russian, Karen Khachanov, as the duo won their first round encounter.
The Russian pair defeated the duo of Maximio Gonzalez and Simone Bolelli in three sets in the first round. Andrey Rublev and Khachanov lost the first set, and had to win the next two sets to secure a victory. In the end, the Russians held their nerve, and won the last set tiebreaker by a score line of 11-9.
However, Andrey Rublev was caught in a bit of controversy, as he was penalized for using foul language on court. Match referee, Scotty Moore gave Rublev a warning for swearing in Russian, and he was handed a penalty of 1000 dollars.
Andrey Rublev denies claims of using foul language on court
Andrey Rublev revealed that he was going to speak with the tournament supervisor, as he believes that the fine imposed is unjust. The Russian stated that he had not used any kind of foul language, which is the reason why he intends to speak with the supervisor.
“ It’s center court, it’s on TV, it could be a fine of 1000 dollars, I don’t want it because I didn’t say anything!,” stated Rublev.
Andrey Rublev recently played at the Canadian Open, where he was defeated in the third round by John Isner in straight sets. The Russian claimed the gold medal in Mixed Doubles at Tokyo Olympics, whereas, his doubles partner at Cincinnati Open, Karen Khachanov won the silver medal in Men’s singles event.