Daniil Medvedev jokingly said he had "a pretty toxic relationship" with the courts in Indian Wells this year. On Sunday, Medvedev suffered a 6-3 6-2 loss against Carlos Alcaraz in the Indian Wells final. Earlier in the tournament, Medvedev very openly criticized the court conditions in Indian Wells.
"I had a pretty toxic relationship here with the courts, a love-hate relationship. So I'd like to thank the court! I only played on this court. I gave it a hard time so it gave me a hard time also. Rolled the ankle, the thumb, but it gave me the chance to finish the tournament.
Thanks a lot to this court, I'll definitely be back. I really love this tournament, I'll be happy to come back many more years to come and hopefully I can start to love this court and Indian Wells together. Sorry I didn't make this final entertaining.
I tried, I don't like to lose, but today was unfortunately pretty easy. I hope you still enjoyed it," Medvedev said during his on-court interview, per Eurosport.
Medvedev twice ranted about the courts in Indian Wells
During his Indian Wells third-round win over Ilya Ivashka, Medvedev had a rant in which he very openly criticized the court conditions in the desert.
In his following match Alexander Zverev, Medvedev went a step further and delivered one of the most stunning rants in recent tennis history. "It's a disgrace to the sport, this court. Should be banned from playing here. A freaking disgrace to the sport, this freaking court.
And they call it a hard court. What a shame to call this awful court a hard court. I'll go to the toilet but I don't care if you give me a time violation. I'm going to be as slow as this court again. I don't care. Give me five time violations.
If they allow us to play on such a court I can allow myself to do whatever I want," Medvedev ranted. In the end, Medvedev managed to make a really deep Indian Wells run but just didn't win the title.