Daniil Medvedev news: Renowned coach praises Russian for speaking out on Ukrainian invasion

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Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, thinks that Russian players Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova should be respected for coming out and calling for peace amid their country’s military invasion of Ukraine.

These leading Russian players have all publicly called for peace, the world No 1 stated his desire for peace and respect during a post match interview at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Rublev wrote “No war please” on the camera after his semi-final win in Dubai.

Also, the 30-year-old Russian No 1, Pavlyuchenkova called for the war to stop on her Twitter page as she expressed she is living in fear and wants to help those in need.

“Those Russian athletes, by taking a position against the war, they are in a way, going against the decisions of the Russian government, they put themselves as risk already by doing that,” Mouratoglou explained on his Instagram account.

“So, we have to also pay tribute and respect to the courage that they have by saying things publicly – which I think they’re right to do.

“But you have to have the courage to do it and you have to accept the consequences to be maybe not welcome in your own country.”

Last week the ATP, WTA and ITF all released a statement which condemned President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and as a result Russia and Belarus have been suspended from team tournaments.

However, individual Russians and Belarussians are still allowed to compete but not under the flag or name of their countries, but Williams’ coach doesn’t think all of this will impact Medvedev’s tennis so long as he continues to play.

“I don’t think Daniil will be tennis-wise affected by the fact there is a war between Russia and Ukraine,” Mouratoglou revealed.

“I think that on a personal or emotional side he might be, but I don’t think it’s going to affect his level of play – the real risk is that the ITF, the ATP, the WTA decide to suspend Russian players from playing tennis, which I would find really, really unfair.

“Especially the players who have clearly expressed the fact that they were 100% against war, so why would they be condemned for what their country – I mean, it’s not even their country, it’s the President of their country – decided to do, which has nothing to do with them.

Although they can’t play under the flag of their country, Medvedev and Rublev will be playing at Indian Wells which gets underway later this week from March 10, while Pavlyuchenkova won’t be making an appearance in California due to an ongoing knee injury.

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