Tennis-‘Shut up and play’: Medvedev hopes to chop out on-court histrionics


(Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev mentioned his on-court outbursts at Indian Wells had been a distraction to himself and he can be higher off shutting up and taking part in the sport as a substitute.

The fifth-seeded Russian just isn’t a fan of the sluggish hardcourts on the event and has vented his frustration throughout his matches.

“I believe it really distracts me and I would be higher simply shutting up and taking part in. That is what I ought to do,” Medvedev, who beat Alexander Zverev on Tuesday to succeed in the quarter-finals, mentioned. “However on the similar time, that is how I’m.

“Once I was a lot youthful, I used to be really worse. I attempted to mature. I do suppose that in lots of features of my life and in my tennis profession I’ve matured so much. And I am higher than I used to be three, 4 years in the past.

“The angle I had on the court docket as we speak and with (Ilya) Ivashka was immature. However what else can I say? That is additionally this high-intensity sport the place you are one on one towards the opponent and it brings the warmth out of you.

“Some gamers are able to controlling it higher than others. Some are controlling it much less, like me. In order that’s my character, and that is my character, additionally.”

The world quantity six mentioned he had labored on enhancing his behaviour with the assistance of a psychological coach and he needed to be remembered not for his tantrums however for his sport and the “good components of my character”.

“I wish to have good relationship with all the fellows on the court docket, as a result of I also can perceive that this could distract my opponent, and that is not what I would like. I do not care to win a match distracting my opponent. I wish to win it usually,” he mentioned.

“That is one thing I work on always. I am positive I will solely enhance and enhance on this case.”

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Robert Birsel)