Daniil Medvedev Intrudes on the Big Four’s No. 1 Perch

Throughout his quarterfinal victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on the Australian Open, a fan at Rod Laver Enviornment shouted, “Do it for Ukraine, Felix!”

However Medvedev has spoken out in opposition to the struggle because it started on Feb. 24.

“By being a tennis participant I wish to promote peace everywhere in the world,” he stated in Acapulco. “We play in so many alternative nations. I’ve been in so many nations as a junior and as a professional.”

He added: “It’s simply not straightforward to listen to all this information. I’m all for peace.”

Medvedev’s subsequent match is scheduled to be subsequent month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the place some gamers are already planning to point out help for Ukraine by sporting outfits that function blue and yellow, the colours of Ukraine’s nationwide flag.

On Sunday, simply hours earlier than he formally turned the No. 1-ranked males’s singles participant, Medvedev made one other plea, this time on social media.

“Right now I wish to communicate on behalf of each child on this planet,” he stated. “All of them have desires. Their life is simply beginning, so many good experiences to come back: first buddies, first nice feelings. All the things they really feel and see is for the primary time of their lives. That’s why I wish to ask for peace on this planet, for peace between nations. Youngsters are born with interior belief on this planet, they consider a lot in all the pieces: in individuals, in love, in security and justice, of their probabilities in life. Let’s be collectively and present them that it’s true, trigger each child shouldn’t cease dreaming.”

Medvedev, like many main Russian gamers, moved overseas in his teenagers to additional his tennis profession. Whereas his Russian contemporaries Andrey Rublev, 24, and Karen Khachanov, 25, landed in Spain, Medvedev went to southern France and now lives in Monte Carlo, lengthy a sunny and tax-friendly base for tennis stars.

He has been coached by the Frenchman Gilles Cervara since 2016 and speaks fluent French and English — helpful expertise in a worldwide sport with post-match information conferences and interviews.

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