Daniil Medvedev Intrudes on the Big Four’s No. 1 Perch

Throughout his quarterfinal victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on the Australian Open, a fan at Rod Laver Enviornment shouted, “Do it for Ukraine, Felix!”

However Medvedev has spoken out towards the conflict because it started on Feb. 24.

“By being a tennis participant I wish to promote peace all around the world,” he mentioned in Acapulco. “We play in so many various international locations. I’ve been in so many international locations as a junior and as a professional.”

He added: “It’s simply not straightforward to listen to all this information. 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 point out assist for Ukraine by sporting outfits that characteristic 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.

“Right this moment I wish to communicate on behalf of each child on the planet,” he mentioned. “All of them have goals. Their life is simply beginning, so many good experiences to return: first pals, first nice feelings. Every thing they really feel and see is for the primary time of their lives. That’s why I wish to ask for peace on the planet, for peace between international locations. Children are born with inside belief on the planet, they imagine a lot in the whole lot: in individuals, in love, in security and justice, of their possibilities in life. Let’s be collectively and present them that it’s true, trigger each child shouldn’t cease dreaming.”

Medvedev, like many main Russian gamers, moved overseas in his teenagers to additional his tennis profession. Whereas 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.