'F**k you': Russian star goes berserk at umpire after copping sanction for 'swearing' in native tongue
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Andrey Rublev lost his cool after copping a sanction from the chair umpire during his second-round Australian Open matchup against Emil Ruusuvuori.
The debate has again arisen over whether tennis players should cop audible obscenity penalties for swearing in their mother tongue.
The Russian tennis star certainly copped it after his frustrations boiled over midway through the third set after losing a point.
He responded with yells and screams of anger in Russian.
He was subsequently given a warning by the chair umpire which he again took offence to.
As he approached the chair umpire there were audible gasps from the crowd.
Rublev proceeded to try to explain himself to the chair umpire and claimed the official didn’t understand Russian.
He also threw a few English obscenities his way at the same time.
He asked: “Are you from Russia? Do you speak Russian?”
Adding: “You have to take this back. There are so many similar words.”
The umpire claimed he had understood the words that came out of Rublev’s mouth.
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He said he believed them to be swearing.
Rublev got even further frustrated and angered by the response.
He replied: “So now you are telling me this, I’m understanding ‘f*** you. It’s exactly the same.
“So why you don’t give me warning now when I say f**k you? That’s what I hear.”
Channel 9 commentators were less than impressed by his antics, according to Herald Sun.
They said at the time: “Self-imposed loss in the end. For a player of this caliber to let himself down like that he put himself into a shocking state of mind at a crucial stage.
“Like a volcano bubbling at the surface.
“It’s an emotional sport, you’re out there on your own. But he’s experienced and if he’s going to get further than quarter-finals he’s got to be better than that.
“In the end it affected him in a way he shouldn’t’ have allowed.”
Rublev managed to brush off the altercation as he took home the win against his rival.
He won the fourth set to claim victory with three sets to one.
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