‘Hope That This Measure Will Be Temporary’ – Daniil Medvedev’s Reaction After Russia’s Davis Cup Suspension

Published 03/06/2022, 4:09 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 28, 2022 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev speaks after winning his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The current geopolitical situation is extremely volatile. The crisis between Russia and Ukraine has reached a crescendo and many tennis players have sent out messages of peace.

 

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World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, hailing from Russia is one such example. He recently posted a solidarity message, urging people to end the violence. He referred to his Australian Open press conference and said that today’s kids deserve to dream and conflicts like this will hamper their hopes.

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Players from Ukraine had called on the tennis federations to react over the on-going crisis on par with other sports. Even though it took some time, the ITF has ultimately come up with guidelines for the Russian players in the circuit. They will be allowed to play tournaments as long as they agree to remove the Russian flag as their representation. The ITF has also banned any tournaments taking place on the Russian or Belarusian soil.

 

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Medvedev opened up about the same, disclosing how he hopes it was a temporary affair. With regards to Russia’s ban from the Davis Cup tournament, he said that he is “waiting” for when he will be able to represent his country again.

Russia’s Davis Cup team with Shamil Tarpischev, team captain, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Evgeny Donskoy, Andrey Rublev and Konstantin Zhzhenov, during the draw ceremony in the Swiss Tennis Arena in Biel, Switzerland, on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Switzerland will face Russia in the tennis Davis Cup qualification final round. EPA-EFE/PETER SCHNEIDER

“Our task is to develop tennis in the countries where each of us comes from and all over the world. For that, you have to play tennis every week at every tournament. At the moment, the only way to continue is to play without a flag, and I will follow this rule. But I hope that this measure will be temporary. I am waiting for the moment when we will be able to carry the flag again next to our names, of the Russian athletes,” Medvedev said to RIA Novosti.

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He also noticeably deleted the Russian flag from his personal Instagram profile. This could have been as a protest to the ongoing tensions amongst the two countries of Russia and Ukraine.

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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