Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev recently topped the men’s world rankings for the first time. He emerged victorious against Yoshihito Nishioka at the Mexican Open on Thursday with the outcome of 6-2 6-3. This win has earned Daniil Medvedev a massive semi-final clash with Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal. Following the huge win, the Russian star shared his take on his country’s invasion of Ukraine. Daniil Medvedev joins the list of numerous Ukrainian and Russian sports stars, who have spoken out on the invasion. The Russian International is trying to promote peace and wants the war to cease.
“No war please,” says Daniil Medvedev
Tension has risen in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military assault on neighboring Ukraine. This has caused him to receive backlash from all across the globe. Putin’s Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, claims that 137 soldiers and civilians died on Thursday. Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv has been on the end of explosions as a result of Russia’s supposed ‘peacekeeping mission’.
Following his clash, Daniil Medvedev delivered a strong message. He took a marker in hand and wrote “No war please” on the camera. You can check out the video clip below:
Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev writes "No war please" on the camera lens following his advancement to the final in Dubai. #RussiaAttacksUkraine
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) February 25, 2022
Not only that, the Russian star spoke his heart out on the unfortunate political tensions. “By being a tennis player I want to promote peace all over the world,” he said after reaching the semi-finals of the Mexican Open. “We play in so many different countries. I’ve been in so many different countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s just not easy to hear all this news. I’m all for peace.”
After Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships by Jiri Vesely, Medvedev became World No. 1 for the first time in his career. Medvedev also reacted to the doubles partnership between Russian Andrey Rublev and Ukrainian Denys Molchanov, who won the Men’s Doubles title at Marseille’s Open 13 last week.
The two stars Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal will take to the court in Mexico in the early hours of Saturday morning to determine one of the finalists of the Mexican Open.