‘Kids shouldn’t stop dreaming’ – Daniil Medvedev reiterates desire for peace as war rages on
Daniil Medvedev has reiterated his desire for peace amidst the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and he fears the impact the war will have on children.
New World number one Medvedev received a hostile reception from the Melbourne Park fans throughout his ‘Happy Slam’ campaign.
Speaking after losing the final to now 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, a dejected Medvedev said “the kid [in me] stopped dreaming. The kid is going to play for himself.”
However, over the past week the world has been shocked by the scenes and the events currently taking place in Ukraine as they defend against a Russian invasion.
Recently, Russians Medvedev and Andrey Rublev both joined calls for peace and condemned the invasion, recognising that that some things are bigger and more important than tennis.
Now, in a post published to social media, US Open champion Medvedev wrote “do you all remember what I have said after [the] Australian Open final?
“This story was just about me, my childhood dreams. And today I want to speak on behalf of every kid in the world.
“They all have dreams, their life is just starting, so many nice experiences to come: first friends, first great emotions.
“Everything they feel and see is for the first time in their lives. That’s why I want to ask for peace in the world, for peace between countries.
“Kids are born with an inner trust in the world, they believe so much in everything: in people, in love, in safety and justice, in their chances in life.
“Let’s be together and show them it’s true, because every kid shouldn’t stop dreaming. #KidDon’tStopDreaming”
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