Daniil Medvedev speaks of his ‘want’ to play Wimbledon this year
Daniil Medvedev has spoken of his desire to play Wimbledon this year, after Russian and Belarusian players were banned from The Championships in 2022 due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Medvedev played three grass court tournaments last year, reaching the final of both ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Halle.
Despite not being able to play the grass major at Wimbledon, the Russian seemed to take it all in his stride, “You have to appreciate it because I definitely couldn’t change the decision of Wimbledon. I have to follow the rules.”
He continued, “If you focus on the negative part. For sure I wanted to play Wimbledon, I wanted to do well there. I always want to be in the biggest tournaments and try to play good.”
“You can just stay in this circle of, ‘oh, my God, I was not able to be there’. What matters is playing tennis. I really enjoy my job. Yeah, again, it’s about following the rules.”
With their being no decision made at the moment for Wimbledon this year, Medvedev has expressed his hope to get back to SW19, “I want to play on grass, I want to play Wimbledon.”
He added, “I don’t know what their decision is going to be. I’m just going to wait for it and hopefully, I can play Wimbledon this year and show some great results.”
Daniil Medvedev’s record at Wimbledon
While Daniil Medvedev does not claim to be a grass court specialist, he has found success on the natural surface winning a title at the Mallorca Championships in 2021.
The 27-year-old has an 8-4 win-loss record in the main draw of Wimbledon, of which he first played in 2017.
Here are Medvedev’s performances at every Wimbledon he has appeared at:
2016 – Lost in third qualifying round to Marcus Willis (wildcard), 6-3 5-7 3-6 4-6
2017 – Lost in second round to Ruben Bemelmans (qualifier), 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-2 3-6
2018 – Lost in third round to Adrian Mannarino (22), 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 3-6
2019 – Lost in third round to David Goffin (21), 6-4 2-6 6-3 3-6 5-7
2021 – Lost in fourth round to Hubert Hurkacz (14), 6-2 6(2)-7 6-3 3-6 3-6
While Medvedev’s future at the grass major is currently up in the air, there have been reports that the ATP and WTA have given Wimbledon financial incentives to allow Russian and Belarusian players back on the famous grounds.
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