GENEVA — Watching the current information from Ukraine is “very upsetting,” No. 2-ranked tennis participant Daniil Medvedev stated Sunday of the warfare that led Wimbledon organizers to ban him and different Russians from their match.
The US Open champion spoke on the Geneva Open, the place he returns to motion after a five-week absence from the ATP Tour following surgical procedure on a hernia damage.
“I had a while to comply with what is occurring, yeah, it’s very upsetting,” Medvedev stated when requested if he might monitor the battle in Ukraine extra intently whereas not enjoying.
Medvedev stated in February after Russia invaded Ukraine that he was “all for peace.”
Whereas most Olympic sports activities banned Russian groups and athletes from worldwide occasions, tennis allowed gamers to proceed to compete as people and never representatives of their nation.
Wimbledon organizers went additional, saying three weeks in the past, with help from the U.Ok. authorities, a call to impose a ban and “restrict Russia’s international affect by means of the strongest means potential.”
They stated that would change “if circumstances change materially” within the warfare earlier than the match begins June 27.
Medvedev stated in Geneva, “I don’t know if this choice is like 100% and it’s over” for him at Wimbledon, the place he reached the spherical of 16 final yr.
“If I can play, I’m going to be completely satisfied to play at Wimbledon. I like this match,” he stated.
Showing relaxed and smiling typically in a 16-minute information convention talking in English and French, Medvedev defined his outlook when requested about help he obtained from different gamers.
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“Me, personally in life, I attempt to respect each opinion as a result of each human life is completely different,” he stated. “You present a tennis ball to 100 individuals, I’m positive a few of them are going to say it’s inexperienced and never yellow.
“I believe it’s yellow. If any individual tells me it’s inexperienced, I’m not going to, you realize, get in battle with this individual.”
Medvedev is the highest seed on the Geneva clay-court match and has a bye into the second spherical to face Richard Gasquet or John Millman.
The match might be his primary preparation for the French Open, which begins subsequent Sunday. Till final yr’s run to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, the 26-year-old Medvedev by no means obtained previous the primary spherical.
“It’s by no means been straightforward for me on clay court docket to immediately begin [well],” he stated. “Even one match goes to be good to organize. I’m feeling good bodily.”