Daniil Medvedev explains his shocking insult made on tennis during Indian Wells final

Medvedev was caught making a stunning remark during his Indian Wells final loss to Carlos Alcaraz.

by Dzevad Mesic
Daniil Medvedev explains his shocking insult made on tennis during Indian Wells final
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Daniil Medvedev acknowledged there are some things about tennis that he would change but backtracked on his comment that tennis is "a s--- sport" as the world No. 4 said it was just an exaggeration in a moment of frustration.

On Sunday, Medvedev was in the midst of a very tight first-set tie-break against Carlos Alcaraz in the Indian Wells final when he was heard saying that the game he professionally plays is "a s--- sport." That moment happened after Alcaraz won the point on his serve for a 6-5 lead in the tie-break. After clinching his first set point, Alcaraz also realized it to go up by a set on Medvedev. 

After losing the first set in a pretty devastating way, Medvedev dropped his serve early in the second set as Alcaraz took a 3-0 lead. Medvedev managed to get on the board in the fourth game game but it didn't change much as Alcaraz broke the Russian again in the sixth game for a 5-1 lead before serving out in the following game for a 7-6 (5) 6-1 win. 

In his post-Indian Wells final press conference, Medvedev was asked why he made such a comment about tennis toward the end of the first set. Answering the question, Medvedev started explaining how everything is advancing daily and suggested that he was frustrated because Alcaraz's serve at 5-5 in the first-set tie-break bounced awkwardly after slipping on the line and that's why he lost the point. Also, Medvedev said he just doesn't understand why the same paint isn't used for the entire court. 

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Medvedev asked why he called tennis 'a s--- sport'

"Well, I mean, in my opinion there are some things in tennis that are way too old. So I always said, for example, let's say -- now it's no line umpires. Actually, okay, the ball was in, I know it, it's a live system. I was, like, Just show it to me. You know, just show me the mark fast. I don't care. You can even show me on the iPad, this iPad that he has, Mohamed, I don't care. I think what happens is they cannot come back," Medvedev said.

"We're in 2024. Rockets go to space. I don't know. (Laughter.)

"Things on iPhone here is what you say. And when I talk about golf with my friends, the next thing I see on Twitter is golf. And I'm, like, Okay, then you cannot show me the mark of the shot that was three shots ago? I'm not asking for anything special.

"For me it's inexplicable that on hard courts when the ball touches the line, 5-All first set on the tiebreak, that the ball bounces different. Just use the same paint that you use for the court. So when the guy serves on the line, you don't get lucky to get a lucky point.

"For me, the biggest rule in tennis should be when we have challenge system -- like what happened with Andrey, apparently the ball was in. But in my opinion, you can challenge, let's say he hits a serve on the line, second serve, you play a long rally, you lose the rally. In my opinion, you can challenge the serve itself because if, in some case, it was out and the referee didn't see it, the point should have not been played. In my opinion, you can come back 10 shots and say, I challenge this, and if it's in you lose the point.

"Yeah, there are many small things about tennis, but I was definitely exaggerating. I love tennis. I'm going to continue playing it, but when you are not happy sometimes you say stupid things."

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev© Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman

Medvedev loses to Alcaraz in an Indian Wells final 

Last year, 28-year-old Medvedev made his first Indian Wells final. At the time, the Russian was coming off three consecutive ATP titles and he was bidding to win his fourth consecutive title in Indian Wells. But Alcaraz had other plans, easily beating Medvedev 6-3 6-2. 

This year, Medvedev returned to the Indian Wells final - but again met the same opponent - and again lost in two sets. 

After the final, Medvedev refused to be negative about his loss to Alcaraz, as he said that was "really happy" with his result in the desert and that there weren't many regrets regarding his performance in the final. 

Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz
Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

After making a deep Indian Wells run, Medvedev will be looking to do the same at the Miami Masters and conclude his 2024 Double Sunshine campaign in the best way possible. 

In Miami, Medvedev returns as the defending champion, having won the title last year after beating Jannik Sinner in the final.

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