“Didn’t Fake Anything”: Daniil Medvedev Recalls His Unpleasant Anecdote With the US Open Crowd

Published 03/26/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Daniil Medvedev recently won his first trophy of the season after winning the Open 13 2021. With that, the Russian became the new World No. 2 player surpassing Rafael Nadal. This is the first time since 2005 that a player other than the Big 4 has managed to break into the top 2 ATP rankings in tennis.

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Recently, Daniil Medvedev opened up on how he would now focus on building his own brand. However, fans believe that he needs to work on his communication and interpersonal skills in order to be a successful entrepreneur. They haven’t forgotten his absurd reaction towards some fans at the US Open 2019.

In a recent interview, Daniil Medvedev recalled what happened at the US Open 2019. He mentioned that even though things got ugly with fans there, he didn’t fake anything. He also claimed that it was up to the fans to decide if they wanted to judge him based on that.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“With the ups and downs and finishing on a good note and getting the crowd on my side, I didn’t fake anything and didn’t think what I say next. I just did my job and was myself and people had the chance to decide for themselves which personality and character I have,” said Medvedev.

He also regretted the incident that happened in the first round when he got into an argument with a fan. He believes that he has learned a lot of things from that episode. “I took a lot of things from that. I shouldn’t do what I did in the first round,” added the World No. 2 player.

“Was able to get people back on my side”: Daniil Medvedev

As most of the fans are aware, Medvedev didn’t react appropriately during his first-round match at the US Open 2019. He angrily threw a towel at a spectator and then did some obscene gestures. As a result, he faced a code violation for his actions and fans lost respect in front of their eyes.

Medvedev admitted that even though he made the crowd quite angry, he was able to win their hearts as well. The Russian played some phenomenal tennis after that and ended up as the runner-up of the tournament. He feels that getting people back on his side was surely an accomplishment for him, and he’ll be able to do it in his business as well.

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during his semi-final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

“But even when making mistakes you can continue to be yourself and just show who you really are and not when you are angry and lost your temper. I was able to get people back on my side. I think that is important from a business point of view, really important,” concluded the Russian.

Daniil Medvedev will begin his Miami Open 2021 campaign today. The World No. 2 player will face Lu Yen-hsun in the first round of the tournament. Since Medvedev is the top seed, will be able to earn all the 1000 points in Miami this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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