Daria Kasatkina calls Andrey Rublev default drama 'a joke": "Another confirmation we need a VAR in tennis"

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Sunday, 03 March 2024 at 05:00
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Russia’s tennis star Daria Kasatkina has come to a defence of her fellow countryman Andrey Rublev after he was disqualified from the Dubai Duty-Free Championship.
The 26-year-old was disqualified by the chair umpire in the semifinal of the competition for allegedly insulting a young line judge in the third and final set of the clash against Alexander Bublik.
The development did not go down well with Kasatkina who came out to defence of Rublev in a feisty post on the social media platform X — previously known as Twitter.
"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," she wrote.
This is not the first time when Rublev’s temperament has come into question. The result will be a major setback for the current world number five who has now played in three quarterfinals and one semifinal in 2024 but has not managed to book his place in the all-important finale.
Before the competition in Dubai, Rublev lost in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open to Italy’s Jannik Sinner. He also lost in the last eight of the ATP competition in Rotterdam to Alex de Minaur. In the Qatar Open, his journey once again ended in the quarters as he lost to the Czech Republic’s Jakub Mensik.

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