Daniil Medvedev says nobody is immune to booing in tennis
Daniil Medvedev says that booing is becoming more and more common on the professional tours and that any player can seemingly earn the jeers of a crowd.
Medvedev is an expressive and at times, combatant type of player, but he says that it isn’t just the bad boys of the game who get shouted down on court.
He believes that it can take very little to turn a crowd against a player, with even the likes of world No 1 Novak Djokovic getting booed.
Medvedev earned jeers throughout his clash with young compatriot Alexander Shevchenko on Monday, although he admits to egging the Madrid crowd on to fire himself up.
“You know, I hit the racquet a little bit after the first set. I was disappointed with some mistakes,” Medvedev said.
“So they [the Madrid crowd] started booing. I was, like, yeah, come on, let’s do it more. But then when you play a good point you also can put them on your side.”
Medvedev understands why the crowd gave him stick, but he was baffled by their reaction to Holger Rune.
Rune rubbed off a mark on the court during a protracted discussion between his opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and the officials.
That act, coupled with his playing a Spaniard in Spain, drew a sour response from the crowd.
“I actually watched Holger yesterday without the sound, so I thought that something is happening, but I watched it without the sound. So I heard that something happened,” said Medvedev.
“I didn’t see it.
“I mean, again, it’s all about did you deserve it or not. I don’t think Holger did anything yesterday. So, yeah, that’s disappointing.
“Sometimes you deserve it, sometimes not. Probably, you know, I hit the racquet a little bit, so maybe I deserve it.
“One time I took a challenge, they started booing. ‘What, you don’t want me to take a challenge?'”
Medvedev feels that tennis crowds are now prone to letting players know how they feel positively or negatively.
“I feel like also sometimes the crowd right now in tennis, for whatever reason, I don’t know, maybe it was like this before also, comes for this excitement,” Medvedev continued.
“So as soon as something is happening, they don’t even know what’s happening, they just boo you.
“I experienced this quite a bit. Novak experienced it. I mean, a lot of players.
“I think it’s just part of tennis right now.”
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