Lewis Hamilton Was Right, ‘Cash is King’: Daniil Medvedev Blasts French Open Organizers

Published 06/09/2021, 6:00 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

Netflix released the third season of F1 docuseries ‘Drive to Survive’ in March of this year. While the season covered the extremely complicated 2020 F1 season, Lewis Hamilton made a major statement in the first episode of this season, which was titled ‘Cash is King.’


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Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev is the latest to join the bandwagon of Drive to Survive fans. In a press conference at the ongoing Roland Garros tournament, the Russian referenced Hamilton’s comments in Melbourne to make a point of his own.

Daniil Medvedev uses the ‘Cash is King’ reference made by Hamilton at Roland Garros


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At the ongoing French Open tournament, Medvedev faced off against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals. Although the Russian put up a good fight, he lost the match in straight sets: 3-6, 6-7 (3-7), 5-7.

In the post-match press conference, he was asked whether he was unhappy about the conditions in which he played his match. The match took place with no audience in the stands and in the night at 9:00pm local time. The Russian responded by referencing Drive to Survive, focusing on Hamilton‘s comments in the press conference while in Melbourne.

He said, “It’s actually funny because just yesterday, I started the third season of Drive to Survive. And I think the first, or second episode is called ‘Cash is King,’ which I didn’t know why it’s called.

“So, just before the pandemic, like when the pandemic started, they were in Australia ready to race. They asked Lewis Hamilton what does he think about racing in the conditions the world was in right now. He said, ‘I don’t know what we’re doing here.

“And so, they asked him, ‘Why do you think they make you race?’ He said, ‘Cash is King.'”

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Why did Medvedev use this reference?

The World No. 2 used this reference to show how Roland Garros based its decision making for his match. He believes the French Open organizers have the same approach as F1: make sponsors happy.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during his second round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“Our match was definitely match of the day, so Roland Garros preferred Amazon to two people, it’s as easy as that,” said Medvedev.


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“I think it’s good when you have sponsors and everything because that’s how we tennis players can make money. But actually we have more people this year in Roland Garros. We have Amazon, I don’t know if they had it last year, and we get 15% less prize money. 

“So, the question is, where is the Amazon money?”

While Hamilton’s comments drew a variety of reactions, the reactions towards Medvedev’s comments are yet to be seen.


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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.