During his quarter-final victory over Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Australian Open, a fan at Rod Laver Arena shouted, “Do it for Ukraine, Felix!”
But Medvedev has voiced his opposition to the war since it began on February 24.
“As a tennis player, I want to promote peace around the world,” he told Acapulco. “We play in a lot of different countries. I have been in a lot of countries as a junior and professional student. ”
He added: “It’s not easy to hear all this news. I am all for peace”.
Medvedev’s next tournament is scheduled for next month’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where several players planned to show support for Ukraine by wearing outfits in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
On Sunday, just hours before he officially became the men’s No. 1 player, Medvedev made another plea, this time on social media.
“Today I want to speak on behalf of every child in the world,” he said. “They all have dreams. Their lives are just beginning, so many good experiences will come: first friends, first great feelings. Everything they feel and see is for the first time in their lives. That’s why I want to pray for peace in the world, peace among nations. Children are born with an inner trust in the world, they believe a lot in everything: in people, in love, in safety and justice, in their chances in life. Let’s be together and show them that it’s true, because every child shouldn’t stop dreaming. “
Medvedev, like many of Russia’s top tennis players, moved abroad in his late teens to develop his tennis career. While his Russian colleagues Andrey Rublev, 24, and Karen Khachanov, 25, went to Spain, Medvedev went to the south of France and now live in Monte Carlo, long a sunny and taxing base for the stars tennis star.
He has been coached by French coach Gilles Cervara since 2016 and speaks fluent French and English – skills useful in a global sport with press conferences and post-match interviews. .
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