Russian Daniil Medvedev left 'surprised' by Wimbledon crowd reaction

Russian Daniil Medvedev left 'surprised' by Wimbledon crowd reaction

July 6, 2023

Russian world No.3 Daniil Medvedev admits he was left ‘surprised’ by the Wimbledon crowd’s reaction to him during his first-round match on Court 1.

The 27-year-old eliminated British wildcard Arthur Fery with a 7-5 6-4 6-3 victory in what was his opponent’s Grand Slam debut in front of a home crowd.

Medvedev was not able to compete at Wimbledon last year amid the All England Club’s ban on Russian players amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

While Russian flags are still banned and the country’s media have been told they cannot attend, players from the nation have been welcomed back this year and Medvedev previously admitted he was unsure how he would be treated by fans.

But Medvedev was delighted with the positive reception he received and said: ‘For different reasons it could be possible that the reception would not be as great as it was.

‘We came in at the same time with Arthur, so they were cheering. I was like, ‘For him? For both? How is it?’ – then at one moment I think either when we went to the referee or something, I was kind of the first one, or I was the second one to come, and they were cheering me on in a way. I was like, ‘Okay, that’s surprising’.

‘Yeah, there was zero let’s say negative energy that I felt. I never had such a good reception at Wimbledon. It’s much better than I had before. So that’s great. I’m going to try to give back [to them], hopefully I can.

‘The reception today, what I felt, I don’t feel it that often. There are some cities and some places where I felt it. But it’s not every time. I was really… let’s call it touched by it. I’m going to remember it like for the next times.

‘You never know who I’m going to play, maybe the reception is going to be different, but I’m still going to remember it. I’m going to try to convince myself to give back. That’s how I am.’

Speaking in his on-court interview, the Russian star added: ‘I’m really happy to be back and thank you for the nice welcome, especially playing against Arthur, who is a player of Great Britain.’

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