World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev continues his run at the 2022 French Open as he reaches the third round of the Grand Slam by defeating Serbian Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to advance ahead having picked up a straight-set win in the first round as well. Medvedev is in the third round just for the second time with his quarter-final run of last year being the first occasion when the Russian won his first match in Paris having suffered four consecutive first round exits.
Medvedev is one of the many Russian players who have been banned from playing in this year’s Wimbledon Championships as the war in Ukraine continues to wage on. With Russia and Belarus involved in the war along with Ukraine, the LTA and Wimbledon officials found it fitting to ban the players from the two nations as a sign of support to Ukraine and showing their opposition to the Russian attempt of invading Ukraine.
With the ATP taking action to remove the ranking points from Wimbledon converting the Grand Slam into an exhibtion event, reports have emerged that officials from the Wimbledon are now trying to come to a compromise by holding a meeting with ATP officials in Paris at the ongoing Grand Slam.
Daniil Medvedev ready to play in Wimbledon even without points
With many players looking to skip this year’s Wimbledon as no points are on offer, many look towards it as a window of opportunity to take a break and prepare for the hardcourt season that will follow after the conclusion of Wimbledon till end of season. Medvedev however remains hopeful that given a chance, he would like to play in the All-England Club this year.
“They (ATP and Wimbledon) have to, you know, communicate to other players, yeah, about what they are doing. I think it’s a tricky situation because if you come and talk to the council players, they are going to be super happy to answer all your questions, but sometimes we as players, we don’t have much free time. When the ATP announced it, I was, like, ‘Okay, it’s official’. Right now I don’t know what’s gonna happen.
“You know, my main job is to play tennis, try to get points here as much as I can. Again, I’m gonna repeat again, if I can play Wimbledon I will be happy to be there, even without points. With points, will be happy to be there and try to get some points. If I cannot play, I’m gonna stay home, practice hard, and try to be better for my next tournaments,” said Medvedev as reported by Eurosport.
Medvedev will now take on Miomir Kecmanovic, another Serbian in the third round of the French Open. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two and unlike Daniil, Miomir has dropped a set in his run to the third round.
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