At the Moselle Open, the French crowd booed Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev as he slammed his racket to the ground in exasperation. On Thursday night, Medvedev faced Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16 of the Moselle Open. After giving up a point in a second-set tiebreak, Medvedev lost his cool and flung his racket.
Many of the crowd started to jeer and hoot, making it plain they weren’t happy with his behavior. Medvedev, though, was undoubtedly more enraged by this as he turned to the audience and appeared to make a monkey sign before feigning to wipe his underarms.
Medvedev made this motion several times before pointing his finger at his head and implying that the people in the audience were insane. Wawrinka won the match 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 to go to the hard court competition quarterfinals when the umpire eventually managed to restart play.
As the aforementioned event was taking place, the Tennis TV announcer remarked the following: “Here, it’s seething. Medvedev must use extreme caution. After that, I believe things will be spoken and perhaps done regarding it.”
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Social media users did not appear to feel particularly sympathetic for Medvedev, with many criticizing his actions. One user commented: “I’ve seen a slide coming ever since his fatalistic news conference where he said, “the dream is gone.” He needs to get his act together.”
one more said: “Med needs to learn to control his explosive anger. Put it to use in your game.” Another defender added: “So repulsive and cultureless. That person, who?”
Following a challenging year in which he failed to recapture his best form, Medvedev just lost his top spot. But when he talked about later being replaced at the top, he didn’t appear too upset.
“I’ll be honest; I didn’t really care when I dropped to No. 1,” “said he. “The rating is a product of your performance, and in the American summer, for instance, I did not receive enough points to maintain my position at the top, much alone go up to positions 2 or 3.
“In contrast, Casper, Carlos, Rafa, and [Nadal] of course grabbed a lot more points because of the two Grand Slams he won at the beginning of the year. So it makes sense. I have no cause to feel anything or cry over it. I can only remind myself that if I want to return to this location in the future, I need to do better.
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