The Roland Garros match in the first round did not go well for Andrei Rublev for a long time. At some point, the Russian tennis player moved away. Reckless behavior can end tragically for the court.
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Andrei Rublev is one of the longest-lived tennis players in the 126th edition of Roland Garros. He competes with the holder of the number 7, which assures him that he will reach the highest-ranked opponent as soon as possible in the quarter-finals. But the Russians learned the hard way that even lower-ranking opponents can bleed.
In the first round, Rublev struggled with Korean Sunwoo Kwon for three hours. The start of the match was particularly unsuccessful from his point of view. The Russian lost the first match in the tiebreak, then went berserk.
Rublev took his anger at the ball and hit the bench with all his might. The ball bounced back and… it almost hit the head of the tournament employee who was preparing the field for more competition. Later, the angry tennis player threw a water bottle (a video showing this situation is at the bottom of the text).
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– I lost my mind for a moment. I regret it. Hitting the ball in this way is not acceptable. “I hope this will not happen again,” the Russian said at a press conference.
Venting your anger in this way is extremely irresponsible. This is evidenced by many examples from history. Suffice it to mention the two highest cases of recent years. Denis Shapovalov hit the ball in the referee’s eye, while Novak Djokovic hit the linear judge’s throat. Both are ineligible.
Finally, Rublev dealt Kwon in four sets and advanced to the second round. The next match will be played on Thursday. His opponent will be Argentine Federico Delbonis.
– Eurosport IT (Eurosport_IT) May 24, 2022
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