‘Freakin’ disgrace to the sport’ – Daniil Medvedev rants about court conditions for second day in a row at Indian Wells


Daniil Medvedev ranted about the court conditions for the second day in a row at Indian Wells, threatening the umpire that he would take his time with his toilet breaks as a result.

The Russian beat Alexander Zverev in a hard-fought 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-5 victory, winning the latter two consecutive sets to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Despite the win, he was unhappy about the conditions of the court, a complaint which he issued to the umpire.

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“Should be banned from playing here. Freakin’ disgrace to the sport. This freakin’ court, man,” he ranted to the umpire in the middle of the match.

“And they call it hard court. What a shame to call this awful court a hard court. I’ll go to the toilet, but I don’t care, give me a time violation. I’m going to be as slow as this court, again. I don’t care. Give me five time violations. I’ll go in one minute.

“If they allow us to play on such a court then I can allow myself to do whatever I want.”

Medvedev had a similar rant the day before during his third-round win over Ilya Ivashka. In that match, he told the umpire before taking a toilet break: “I’m going to be as slow as this court is.

“So you can take 25 minutes. The court is slow, so I go slow. I take my time.”

When told by the umpire that he had to “accept” the conditions as a professional, Medvedev simply said: “I don’t accept this.

“They say on the fact sheet this [Indian Wells] is hard courts. This is not hard courts.”

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