“Nothing new to me”: Daniil Medvedev on accommodation at Tokyo Olympics

Daniil Medvedev has no complaints regarding the accommodation at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics as he claims this is "nothing new" to him.

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

Most of the athletes competing in the upcoming games have arrived in Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Several criticisms have risen concerning the quality of the hotels. The accommodation is considered fairly rudimentary where all the athletes from an NBA star to the simple amateur competitor are staying in the same hotel. 

Daniil Medvedev arrived in Tokyo to represent his country, Russia. He has had an impressive season so far on tour and thus, will be hoping to take a medal home from the games. The 25-year-old was able to climb higher in the ATP rankings and claim the world number 2 rank for now. He has had an astonishing win-loss record of 29-8 this year to date. 

After a long flight, Medvedev reached Tokyo two days before the start of the tennis event. He said it took him 9 hours to get from the airport to the hotel due to regulations but had no complaints with regard to the place of stay. 

Medvedev stays positive during his stay at the Olympics

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

“To be frank, top tennis players are used to staying in the five-star hotels. But we all went through Futures circuit where you look for a 40 euro accommodation instead of 50 euro one to save ten euros, where you live in a tiny room with one bathroom on the entire floor. Many players went through this since their junior days so that’s nothing new for me,” Medvedev said. 

“I feel pretty comfortable actually. We four guys, live together, happy atmosphere. The catering in the village is decent, which is important for having a good tournament. Overall, I have no complaints” he added. 

In addition to the cardboard beds, there is for example no television or refrigerator in the rooms which does not bother the Russian in the slightest, who prefers to stay positive while remembering his difficult years on Futures tournaments.

Even though, Medvedev has had a great run this year, he will not be the favourite to take the gold medal home at the Tokyo games. World number 1, Novak Djokovic has had an extraordinary tour in 2021 and has been undefeated in majors. The Serbian is 2 titles away from achieving the Calendar Golden Grand Slam this year. Their potential clash at the Olympics will be extremely interesting. 

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