World No.5 Daniil Medvedev lost to Marton Fucsovics in the very first round of the French Open 2020. This came as quite a shock for the Russian, who was a semi-finalist at the US Open 2020. A fine for racquet abuse and audible obscenities on the court has only added to the 24-year-old’s frustration.
The French Open 2020 management has fined a total of 20 male and 7 female players for violating various rules. Medvedev tops the list and has to pay a fine of $5,500.
The incident happened in the tie-breaker of the second set. After a long rally, Medvedev didn’t position his forehand well due to which the ball landed outside the court. Frustrated with his gameplay and ball control, the Russian lost his calm and smashed his racquet on the clay. He also said a few words out of exasperation. Medvedev eventually lost the set and also the match.
Less than a month ago, Medvedev was fined $3,000 at the US Open 2020. The reason was his outburst of anger at the chair umpire and an event supervisor. The incident had taken place when Medvedev returned one of Thiem’s forehand into the net, thinking it was a fault at his own service earlier. When there was no call from the line judge, he got irritated.
He tried to challenge his own serve, but the chair umpire wouldn’t allow it. In his annoyance, Medvedev rushed to the supervisor and went on a rant. The Russian player had also paid a fine of $9,000 last year at the US Open for a similar incident.
Clearly, there is much to improve for the World No.5. He has to manage his anger and sort some ways to control his emotions during the match. This repeated behavior will only hurt his chances on the biggest stage.
Daniil Medvedev was the fourth seed at the French Open 2020. His Roland Garros exit was preceded by an early exit at the German Open 2020. The Russian is by no means a clay expert, but this run of form is worrying nonetheless.