Written by Staff Writer
Daniil Medvedev is the first young Russian to represent his country in the main draw of a Grand Slam event since Pavel Podzokra in 1977. The 18-year-old competed in the singles, doubles and mixed-doubles categories at the 2017 US Open. Medvedev also won a Silver medal at the 2017 French Open Junior Tennis Championships, making him the first Russian in history to claim a Junior silver in Paris, as well as setting the record for most wins at the prestigious tournament (20). Medvedev also travelled to six different cities to participate in various championships during the year, culminating in his final tournament in Germany, where he earned an impressive 14th finish in total.
In an interview with Sally Murphy, Dr. Medvedev discusses his great achievements, obstacles and priorities as a rising star of the sport. He also touches on his thoughts about the evolution of tennis, Russian tennis culture and what’s to come in the next 10 years.
On the 2017 French Open: “I didn’t expect to be playing in the junior tournament, in the main draw with guys who were 60 years old. You know, it was really an awesome experience, and it just showed me that tennis is an amazing sport.”
On his plans for the future: “The main aim at this moment is that I just keep playing tennis. I mean, at this point, there are certain obstacles (with regards to) certain matches or certain situations. But I’m trying not to look into the negative sides of the sport right now, it is a really good game, and there are really good opportunities open to me in the future as well.”
At the end of the interview, Sally Murphy gives Daniil Medvedev a tennis lesson for a memorable finale.