‘There Are Times When I Behave Ugly’: Daniil Medvedev’s Honest Admission on His Rapport With Fans

Published 12/25/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks dejected after loosing his final match against against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev is one of the most successful players amongst the younger generation. With each passing year, he has been making constant progress on the Tour. In 2021, the 25-year-old finally bagged the biggest prize, his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. 

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However, the Russian powerhouse has had an intriguing relationship with the crowds. There have been times when Medvedev gets provoked by the supporters and ends up engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct. 

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However, there are also occasions when he has been cheered by audiences for his conduct on-court. All in all, Daniil wears his heart out on his sleeve. There is a sense of transparency when it comes to his behavior with supporters. 

Daniil Medvedev prefers being supported by crowds

While his relationship with supporters seems to be on a knife’s edge, Medvedev did state that he prefers receiving support from the crowds rather than being on the receiving end of their boos. He knows that he loses his temper at times but he doesn’t do it with the intention to cheat and fans see the real him. 

Recently, Medvedev spoke on this subject and stated, “Believe me, it’s still much more pleasant for me when I am supported, and not booed. And this happens in most tournaments. Yes, there are times when I behave ugly, but I always remain myself. People see that I do not want to deceive anyone, to invent something, to cheat.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Madrid Arena, Madrid, Spain – December 5, 2021 Russian Tennis Federation’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his final singles match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The US Open champion added, “There is no fake in me. Tennis fans know that if they see me, they get the truth. It is most important.”

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Coming to tennis, Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title in New York this year. He will next be seen representing Russia in the ATP Cup 2022, which they will begin as the defending champions. All eyes will be on him when he lands on Australian soil.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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