Montreal rowdy called Russia’s tennis world number ‘loser’ after Kyrgios loss
Tennis world number one Daniil Medvedev has commented on an incident which saw him go up against an abusive fan in Montreal who called the Russian a ‘loser’ after being beaten by Nick Kyrgios.
The smash came after Medvedev lost his round of 16 clash to Kyrgios 6-7 6-4 6-2 at the Montreal Masters on Wednesday last week.
As a clip that emerged on TikTok in the following days showed, Medvedev was peacefully walking out of IGA Stadium with his bag in tow, but then turned around when he heard someone call him a “loser” and immediately confronted the heckler as security swarmed. around the pair.
Medvedev asked: “What did you say?” and insisted that he was “super quiet” as the conversation escalated, making it clear he didn’t like the man’s choice of words or his critic’s lack of eye contact to whom he said: “Don’t Look Down” before walking away and pointing back.
Ahead of the Cincinnati Masters this week, Medvedev, 26, explained the trade to the media.
“If someone laughs at me, I will answer” Medvedev swore.
“It would be wrong to let people yell at me and keep walking.
“I’ll ask him what his problem is.”
Medvedev also suggested that a relative of the person involved was also at fault.
“The guy’s father also told me something – I say educate your child. I won’t let people laugh at me.”
Medvedev added that it was unusual to deal with the abuse in person as it is usually available online.
“It’s one of the first times it’s happened to me, it doesn’t really happen a lot. On social media (criticisms and insults) it’s a bit out of control”, said the Russian.
As a character who has had his fair share of issues with hecklers, and even had one kicked out of his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic this summer, Kyrgios rushed to defend Medvedev on Twitter when sharing the clip.
“Disgusting behavior” Kyrgios balked. “It’s the best we have in the sport, the fans have to show respect.”
Kyrgios then received his own abuse for the post, with some users telling him he behaves “much worse”.
“Your swearing is often vulgar, you show violent tendencies with racquet blows and much worse in front of children watching. I’m a fan of all tennis players and what they bring to the court but respect is earned and goes both ways,” another party pointed out.
And you too, by the way! You swear is often vulgar, you show violent tendencies with racquet blows and much worse in front of children watching. I’m a fan of all tennis players and what they bring to the court, but respect is earned and goes both ways
— Margie 🏆×7 (@marjayhan) August 14, 2022
This is very bad behavior, luckily Medvedev can handle these situations well. As for you, Nick, talking about respect is… a choice. You abuse referees, officials, spectators and disrupt your opponents’ games almost every time you enter the field. You are not helping.
— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) August 15, 2022
Kyrgios calling Medvedev the best in tennis is of course a nod to the Moscow native’s top spot in the ATP rankings.
Going into the Cincinnati Masters, Medvedev will enjoy another week as top dog and needs at least two tournament wins, also known as the Western & Southern Open, to secure position through defense. of his US Open crown at Flushing Meadows at the end of the month.
His lead is now slim, however, with just 125 ranking points separating his total (6,885) and number two Alexander Zverev (6,760).
In Cincinnati, Medvedev could put the Montreal incident behind him by meeting and beating Kyrgios in the quarter-finals, although there are no hard feelings between the two, as Kyrgios communicated fighting the corner of his enemy.
While Zverev will sit out the Western and Southern Open and has withdrawn, Medvedev will face Botic van de Zandschulp in the round of 16 on Tuesday.
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