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Andrey Rublev seeks ATP rule change after appeal win

by Noe

Andrey Rublev is pushing for a rule change from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour after he was defaulted in Dubai last week.

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Rublev will keep the ranking points and the prize money he earned despite losing his semifinal match against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in Dubai last Friday. Bublik led, 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-5, when he was awarded the win.

“While I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish my semifinal in Dubai, I am grateful for all the support I had from you (fans) the last two days,” Rublev said. “I received a lot of messages.”

While Rublev gets to keep his ATP points and prize money, he also faces a possible $36,000 fine for a code violation.


A chair umpire defaulted Rublev after a Russian-speaking official claimed that the 26-year-old Moscow native yelled at a line judge over a call. However, Rublev denies this, and he asked for a review video of the incident that was denied by officials.

An official said Rublev used an obscenity against the line judge while disputing a call. Despite getting denied a video review at the time, Rublev successfully appealed the decision with the ATP.

“The appeals committee concluded that, beyond forfeiting the match, customary penalties associated with a default – namely loss of rankings points and prize money for the entire tournament – would be disproportionate in this case,” the ATP said in a statement on Monday.

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