Tennis legend Jimmy Connors reacted to Daniil Medvedev giving the middle finger to the Parisian crowd by stating that the Russian isn't the only player who would react in such a way in a situation like that. During a Paris Masters round-of-16 match against Grigor Dimitrov, Medvedev got into it pretty hard with the Parisian crowd.
While the Parisian crowd was heavily booing Medvedev, the Russian refused to play and demanded "the stupid crowd" to quiet down. After Medvedev's shock loss to Dimitrov, the boos for the Russian continued. As Medvedev was exiting the court, he showed the middle finger to the Parisian crowd.
“Oh, well you know what, with all due respect, son, he’s not the first one that would do that. You know sometimes you gotta, you know it just pops up, things like that happen but you know..and you’re right.
He has that kind of personality and he doesn’t mind mixing it up with the crowd and getting the crowd into it,” Connors said on the Advantage Connors podcast.
Connors on Medvedev giving the middle finger to the Parisian crowd
Medvedev is one of the most interesting personalities in tennis and he is never shy to reveal his true feelings on the court.
That exactly happened in Paris as Medvedev lost his cool after he felt that he was getting unfairly booed by the crowd. Medvedev has a history of winning matches in which he got into it with the crowd. But that didn't happen against Dimitrov.
“And you know listen, you’re not gonna go out there and have everybody for you but then again you’re not gonna go out there and have everybody against you either. So, you know you can always figure out something to play for.
Either for those that are for you or to kind of piss off those rooting against you when you’re trying to come out on top.That doesn’t happen all the time but you know it’s kind of a good inspiration along the way.
But hey, you know some things happen and it would be interesting to see you know the outcome of that if that was the case, you know what happens to him. Because you know back in the old days we used to get fined a little bit for that," Connors explained.