Riots in Ukraine also shook the tennis world First place on the ATP list. And the first player outside the big four in that position since 2004. It should be the news of the day in the world of tennis. But instead, Danil Medvedev is forced to talk about war after taking on the role of the best in the world.
The one about Ukraine, of course. To make matters worse, the media did not spare him anyway, and as it is still a question of the Russian representative ... Hard days await Medvedev. One mistake is enough to slip and the West to label him "evil" forever.
Not only that, Daniil Medvedev is very careful when he talks about the war in Europe at the tournament in Acapulco. "It was not easy, I woke up in Mexico, I watch the news from home ... I am a tennis player, I want to promote peace everywhere in the world."
"I have played in so many countries, traveled to so many countries both as a junior and as a professional. It is not easy to listen to all this ... I am for peace ", said Medvedev after the victory over the Japanese Nishioka Yoshihito of 6: 2, 6: 3.
He reminded that last week in Marseille, the title in the doubles was won by the Russian-Ukrainian tandem Andrei Rublev - Denis Molchanov. "It's great because people need to stay together."
Daniil Medvedev on the war and ATP list
In Ukraine, the situation has changed and at least the political elites are far from each other.
"In moments like this, you realize that tennis is sometimes not that important… It wasn't easy for me to play. I'm happy to have won, but this was a roller coaster for me. " He succeeded though. Medvedev is the first in the world.
Despite everything, Daniil Medvedev is happy because he has achieved his dream; and it is number 1 in the world. Medvedev is aware how many things he had to give up to get to the top, and we can't imagine his happiness at the moment "Of course I'm happy.
That has been my goal since I was young. " Rafael Nadal also spoke about the war in Ukraine. Also very careful. "I can give my opinion as a citizen. I don't want to talk about who is to blame, but it's incredible to me that there are wars today. I can't understand that and I want everything to end immediately. "