Newly crowned Nitto ATP Finals champ Daniil Medvedev informed CNBC that tennis has a cloudy future, with gamers still not understanding when — or if — the Australian Open will go on due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Medvedev, who won the extremely prominent ATP Finals competition on Sunday at London’s O2 Arena, stated a great deal of unpredictability stays in the sport.
“(It’s) tough to talk about the future, because we see with the Australian Open, it’s not easy at this moment. There is a lot of uncertainty and we don’t know when we’re going to play it, if we’re going to play it,” the Men’s world number 4 gamer CNBC’s Tania Bryer.
“Also, every country is different and that’s why tennis is tougher, because we play in many, many different countries and we come from different countries … but we managed to make a really great end of the season.”
The Australian Open is the very first significant tennis Grand Slam occasion of the season each year and is presently set up to start on Jan. 18.
Some unofficial reports have actually recommended the competition might be pressed back, however in a declaration launched Sunday, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley stated he intended to reveal when tickets will go on sale “within the next two weeks.”
Medvedev made history on Sunday when he beat the present U.S. Open Champion and world number 3, Dominic Thiem, to clinch the much popular title.
Having beaten the world’s top- and two-ranked gamers, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, throughout his journey to the last of the competition, he ended up being the very first gamer to beat the world’s leading 3 gamers at an ATP Finals.
The Russian tennis champ stated the match was “one of the biggest wins of my career,” after returning from a set down to take the title.
The week-long competition is held each year each November and is the ending of the males’s expert tennis season. It has actually been kept in London given that 2009 however will relocate to Turin, Italy, through 2025.
Daniil Medvedev of Russia raises the prize after winning his songs last match versus Dominic Thiem of Austria throughout day 8 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 22, 2020 in London, England.
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No viewers is ‘the truth today’
With the U.K. in the middle of its 2nd nationwide lockdown in action to the coronavirus crisis, the occasion was held at The O2, behind closed doors with no viewers.
Asked how various it was to play without an audience, Medvedev stated it was “really unfortunate.”
“I would love to win at the O2 with the spectators, I’m sure it’s even more of a special feeling. Unfortunately … at almost all of the tournament’s we’re playing in empty stands, that’s the reality right now.”
He stated the gamers were attempting to get utilized to it, however still placed on a “great show.”
“We’re still promoting our beautiful sport and that’s really good I think. Hopefully supporters are going to come back soon and it’s going to be back to normal,” he included.
With or without viewer assistance, Medvedev is ending up being understood for his downplayed event when he wins.
He informed CNBC this quality had actually established throughout his profession, consisting of as a young junior experiencing fellow rival’s over-zealous events after winning the preliminary of a competition. “The guy would be rolling all over the court screaming ‘come on,’ hugging his family and friends, which is normal, this is emotions. But I would be like: Come on, this is the first round … this is not a Grand Slam win.”
At 24, Medvedev is among the next generation of gamers challenging a few of the long-established names in the modern-day video game, consisting of Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
“It’s not easy because these three are the three greatest tennis players of all time and there is no doubt about this. All the records they have broken are just simply sensational and nobody before could even come close to their records,” he stated.
“So it’s really tough … even if they’re not that young anymore, to beat them and especially on Grand Slams. So we do our best, we practice hard. We do win them many times, … so hopefully, one day we can do this more and more.”