Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev also put on a show during the awards ceremony of the China Open 2023, ATP 500 played on the Beijing hard-courts, won by Italian in straight sets.
After the usual photos and words of thanks, the Russian tennis player decided to steal something from the Italian: he approached him and took his toy figure which he received from the organizers together with the huge trophy!
The gesture made fans smile a lot on social media channels. Sinner didn't take it very well and at first he almost didn't understand what his opponent was doing. Then, he tried to get the Russian's attention for a moment, perhaps to get explanations and again the puppet that had been given to him.
Medvedev steals an item from Sinner and mocks him!
Off the court Sinner and Medvedev have always had very sincere and entertaining exchanges. Even after the match deservedly won by the Italian, the two joked a lot during the presentation of the titles.
Sinner said: "Thank you Daniil for letting me win at least one match against you! We played great battles against you, especially this year. I want to thank you because you made me a better player: I trained a lot to try to beat you." There isn't much time to celebrate: both Sinner and Medvedev have already flown to Shanghai to take part in the penultimate ATP Master 1000 of the season.
With the victory in the second round of the tournament, where he will face the American Marcos Giron, Jannik Sinner would have the mathematical certainty of being at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. After the success in Beijing, only the official status is awaited for qualification.
Below you can watch the videos in which Medvedev mocks Sinner, shared by @RelevantTennis and by @atp4me X accounts:
Sinner & Medvedev out of context.