World No. 7 player Daniil Medvedev of Russia said a comment he made at last year’s Australian Open in which he described local tennis fans as having a low IQ was “not smart.”
Medvedev’s ire was drawn by a section of supporters at the Grand Slam event who chanted “siuuua cheer taken as a boo and associated with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, between some of his serves during a match against local favorite Nick Kyrgios.
Medvedev will later tell Eurosport »I guess some people just have a low IQ.”
However, with Medvedev’s final Grand Slam challenge just weeks away and ahead of his Tuesday match at the Adelaide International, he admitted his reaction was not appropriate.
“Of the 13,000 who were there because the stadium was packed that comment was maybe 50 people max so that’s the first thing“said Medvedev. “And that comment was probably not smart of me.
“But when you walk out of the game, like it was with Nick, sometimes you say things like an hour later, [and you think] “Why did I say that? First it might not be true, then it’s stupid.”
Medvedev would win the match, recording his first-ever win against Kyrgios in the process, and said he anticipates another memorable battle with the Australian should their paths cross in Melbourne.
“Nick is a great player, great service“said Medvedev. “I don’t feel like we have some kind of crazy rivalry because he certainly has spicier rivalries with other players.
“I feel like when I play against him it’s a great game. I would like to play him more, try to do better than last year. Definitely, at the US Open, he was not easy to manage, so I want to try to get my revenge if I have the chance..”
But more than that, Medvedev says he sees this year’s Australian Open as a chance for redemption after a disheartening loss to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final; a game he feels like he let slip from his grasp amid a blistering fightback from the Spaniard.
“I felt absolutely terrible…the thing with life and tennis is you have to get over it, try to learn from it because you can’t change the past,” he said.
“I’ve had tough times in my career… tough losses. I know a lot of losses in a row and I’ve always managed to find my way back, so I’m sure I’ll find my way back to an even higher level than I was playing maybe the year last.
“But yeah, the match wasn’t easy to get over for a while, but right now I’m looking forward to the Australian Open and I want to do better than last year. That’s the point.”
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