Daniil Medvedev has slammed into supposed harassment during his opening match of the 2023 Australian Open.
The Russian professional tennis player opened this year’s tournament on Monday with a first-round match against American Marcus Giron at the Rod Laver Arena. But when Medvedev was about to finish the match, he turned to a spectator They shouted “f-k off”.
The crowd gasped audibly.
Medvedev, seeded No. 7 in the tournament, won the first two sets 6-0, 6-1. The incident came during the last game of the third set when he was leading 5-2.
Medvedev was given a code violation by the chair umpire and the 26-year-old shook his head in response.
This is not the first time Medvedev has had problems with fans at the Australian Open. Last year, it is He complained to the rule of the chair that he was being harassed by “empty-minded… idiots”.
“That sound. It’s disappointing. It’s disrespectful. I’m not sure in 30 years I’ll want to play tennis,” he said, referring to fans hissing at him.
At the time, Medvedev thought the crowd’s cynicism might be attributable to his Russian nationality.
“I think nationality plays a major role,” he said. “I can definitely see when you do that [are] They play with someone from another country, they go for it, not for it [the] Russian… or something like that. I feel like there’s a lot of controversy about tennis in Russia right now. Hopefully we can try to get more people to go for us.”
Medvedev is on the +450 list to win the Australian Open on PointsBet, with the second best odds behind Novak Djokovic, the odds favorite at -110.
Medvedev will face Australian John Millman in the second round on Tuesday.
Source link: https://nypost.com/2023/01/16/daniil-medvedev-lashes-out-at-australian-open-fan-f-k-off/
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