ATP Paris, Medvedev defeated and… defamed? “No middle fingers, I was looking at my nails”


By John

Beaten by Dimitrov and cheered by the crowd: it wasn’t an easy day for Daniil Medvedev who, eliminated at the hands of the Bulgarian from the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, indulged in a rude gesture towards the public at the end of the metch. After greetings at the net, Medvedev left the pitch accompanied by boos from the Parisian crowd to whom he pointed his middle index finger. «Middle finger? – the Russian then explained – But no, I was just checking my nails. Why on earth would I have done it to such a beautiful audience as the one in Paris?”.
In reality, Medvedev clashed with the crowd during the second half when the tone rose between the Russian, known for his mood swings, and the Bercy crowd who booed him on more than one occasion with the Russian (the who, out of nervousness, also broke one of his rackets), who was then warned by the chair umpire after a discussion about the public’s booing.