“Really Important For Me”- Daniil Medvedev on Playing Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 06/21/2021, 7:14 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


Daniil Medvedev is the number one seed at the ATP 250 Mallorca Open. The Russian had to face a first-round exit at the Halle Open against Jan Lennard Struff. With the Spanish event, he will look to get more minutes on the court for his preparation for the upcoming Wimbledon Championships.

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This year has been a hectic schedule for everyone, and players have barely had the time to catch their breath. The frequency of tournaments and the limited recovery time from playing a certain tournament has forced players to withdraw from events. Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka are the big names to withdraw from the Wimbledon Championships and the Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates victory after the Gentlemen’s Singles first round match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Daniil Medvedev on the busy calendar year and the events

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As a result of last year’s pandemic, the tennis bodies had to cancel several events. The players have been hungry to participate in their favorite events, especially the Olympics since it was canceled last year. Daniil Medvedev is one of the very few players, who is enjoying the schedule this year. Consequently, the player is ready for any challenge that he faces this year, along with the Tokyo Olympics.

Oh, yes, yes, I’m going to play. I definitely understand guys who had to adapt their calendar because I mean, the calendar we’re gonna have this year is amazing. I don’t want to say bad words. But if you if you want to play all the tournaments you need, and especially the Olympics and Davis Cup at the end of the year, I think that’s like maybe one of the toughest seasons anybody will ever have in sports in general,” said the World No2 in the press conference before the Mallorca open.

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Medvedev on the importance of the Olympics

The Olympics is one of the most important sporting events in the career of an athlete. An athlete dreams of winning an Olympic Gold medal for their country. And since the Olympic Games were canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of them are eagerly anticipating the event this year, even if it means a packed schedule.

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Medvedev is also hopeful of having a successful run in Tokyo, which will mark his first foray into the massive sporting event.

I’m going to play at the Olympics. It is going to be my first time, it’s really important for Russia. It’s really important for me, so I’m going to try to play good there and then I see for the rest of the year,” said Medvedev.

For now, the ATP 250 Mallorca Open has begun with the Russian getting a bye in the first round. He will be hopeful of a successful event, before heading to London for the Wimbledon Championships.

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