During his quarterfinal victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada at the Australian Open, a fan at Rod Laver Arena shouted, “Do it for Ukraine, Felix!”
But Medvedev has spoken out towards the battle because it started on Feb. 24.
“By being a tennis player I want to promote peace all over the world,” he mentioned in Acapulco. “We play in so many different countries. I’ve been in so many countries as a junior and as a pro.”
He added: “It’s just not easy to hear all this news. I’m all for peace.”
Medvedev’s subsequent event is scheduled to be subsequent month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the place some gamers are already planning to indicate assist for Ukraine by sporting outfits that function blue and yellow, the colours of Ukraine’s nationwide flag.
On Sunday, simply hours earlier than he formally turned the No. 1-ranked males’s singles participant, Medvedev made one other plea, this time on social media.
“Today I want to speak on behalf of every kid in the world,” he mentioned. (*1*)
Medvedev, like many main Russian gamers, moved overseas in his teenagers to additional his tennis profession. While his Russian contemporaries Andrey Rublev, 24, and Karen Khachanov, 25, landed in Spain, Medvedev went to southern France and now lives in Monte Carlo, lengthy a sunny and tax-friendly base for tennis stars.
He has been coached by the Frenchman Gilles Cervara since 2016 and speaks fluent French and English — helpful expertise in a world sport with post-match information conferences and interviews.