Andrey Rublev on seeing the Ukrainian flag at the Australian Open: “They shouldn’t offend me”

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In his final match at the Australian Open thus far, Andrey Rublev encountered a peculiar circumstance. The incident didn’t cause the Russian player much anxiety, who mostly griped about the actions of the three spectators.

The Moscow native was playing against the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori in the Kia Arena when he briefly became irritated when he spotted a Ukrainian flag appear. In order to bring attention, the chair umpire was contacted by the main draw’s fifth seed: “The flag is fine, no issues at all.

But they can’t call me names.” This is Rublev’s stern remark to the court, which refused to accept the circumstances. Eurosport detailed the incident in a video that was posted on its social media channels.

Rublev and the Peace Movement

The sportsman defended himself in front of the media, stating: “I protested because they started speaking horrible words and bad things to me, so I requested the referee to please warn them not to tell me everything at the change of court.”

The three supporters were given a warning for what they did, a Tennis Australia spokeswoman said, and they soon decided to leave. The 25-year-old has repeatedly stated in press conferences that he wants an early end to hostilities between Russia and Ukraine.

Andrey continued to promote peace last season despite Wimbledon‘s decision to bar him and his countrymen from the competition. The sixth-ranked ATP player in the world has qualified for the third round of the competition, where he will take on the British player Daniel Evans on the Italian night of January 21.

Holger Rune and Andrey Rublev complete their tasks without expending excessive energy. Dan Evans is easily defeated by the Russian tennis player, while Ugo Humbert presents Dan Evans with the most of the challenges in the third set.

He obviously needs the jeudecif to avoid the fourth set after the swift 6-4, 6-2 victory that started the match. In order to compete for the most prestigious title of his career thus far, Rune, who just won the only previous one (played under the roof of Paris-Bercy), is in the eighth of luxury on the blue of Melbourne Park. Image Credits: AP and Mail Online