Who are Daniil Medvedev’s Parents?

Published 02/20/2021, 9:30 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND : Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates winning match point during his singles semi final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day seven of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


We all know Daniil Medvedev as the Russian powerhouse who is one of the top players on the ATP Tour. Medvedev’s nickname is ‘Bear’ since his last name originates from the Russian word ‘Medved’ which means bear!

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So what do we know about the couple who raised Medvedev to become one of the most successful Russian tennis players ever? 

Daniil Medvedev was born on February 11th, 1996, to Olga and Sergey Medvedev in Moscow, Russia. Here’s an interesting fact about his citizenship. Although Medvedev now lives in Monte Carlo, he still remains to be a citizen of Russian and there’s a story behind that.

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Sergey and Olga wanted their son to be born in France and become a citizen of the European country. They planned to relocate from Moscow to France in March 1996 during Olga’s pregnancy, but Medvedev was born earlier than expected and the family had to stay in Moscow due to several restrictions. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his third round match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Daniil Medvedev also has two sisters named Julia and Elena, and it was his father who made him take up tennis at an early age. However, they tried to change his course at the age of 9 as Sergey pushed Daniil to become a professional swimmer. 

But as he went to the pool, a poster that contained information about tennis classes caught Daniil Medvedev’s eye, and he never deviated from the sport again.

France is Daniil Medvedev’s second home 

Though Sergey and Olga’s initial plan of relocating to France failed, they’ve now succeeded in making the country Medvedev’s second home. The 25-year-old has set up his residence in Monte Carlo like most of his ATP colleagues but calls France his second home. 

There’s a significance to that as Medvedev’s coach Gilles Cervara is French. He relocated from Russia to France along with his family at the age of 18 and joined Elite Tennis Center, run former pro, Jean-Rene Lisnard and Gilles Cervara. 

Furthermore, the Russian citizen also detailed why he liked to live and train in the European country compared to his nation.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Kelly Defina

“France, as you said, is my second home. That’s why I moved to France. There are lots of courts, clubs, the weather is nice. So, it’s a great place to make progress in tennis.

“And like I said, I’m thrilled to play good tennis in France which has not been the case in the past,” Medvedev said in 2020

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Daniil Medvedev’s parents’ desire to make their son a French citizen never materialized into something meaningful. Though the 2019 US Open finalist lives in France, he will always pledge his loyalty to the Russian nation! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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