Tennis champion Daniil Medvedev says it’s "tough" to speak about the way forward for the game
Recently crowned Nitto ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev told CNBC that tennis has a bleak future. The players still don't know when – or if – the Australian Open will take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Medvedev, who won the highly regarded ATP final tournament at London's O2 Arena on Sunday, said there is still a lot of uncertainty in the sport.
"(It's) difficult to talk about the future because at the Australian Open we see that it's not easy right now. There's a lot of uncertainty and we don't know when we're going to play it when we & # 39 ; I'll play it, "Tania Bryer of CNBC, number four in the men's world of men.
"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 have a really great end to the season."
The Australian Open is the first major tennis Grand Slam event of the season each year and currently starts on January 18th.
Some unconfirmed reports suggest the tournament may be pushed back. In a statement released on Sunday, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley hoped to announce when the tickets will go on sale "within the next two weeks."
Medvedev made history on Sunday when he defeated current US Open champion and world number three Dominic Thiem to claim the coveted title.
After beating world numbers 1 and 2, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, on his journey to the final of the tournament, he became the first player to beat the top three players in the world at an ATP final.
The Russian tennis champion said the game was "one of the biggest wins of my career" after coming back from a set to take the title.
The weeklong tournament takes place every November and is the final of the men's professional tennis season. It has been held in London since 2009 but will be relocated to Turin, Italy by 2025.
Daniil Medvedev from Russia takes the trophy after winning his single game against Dominic Thiem from Austria on day eight of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 22, 2020 in London, England.
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No spectator is "the reality in the moment"
With the UK in the middle of its second national lockdown in response to the coronavirus crisis, the event at The O2 took place behind closed doors with no spectators.
When asked how different it was to play without an audience, Medvedev said it was "really unfortunate".
"I would like to win at the O2 with the spectators, I'm sure it is even more a special feeling. Unfortunately … at almost all tournaments that we play in empty stands this is currently the reality."
He said the players tried to get used to it but still put on a "great show".
"We are still promoting our beautiful sport and that is really good I think. Hopefully the fans will come back soon and it will be back to normal," he added.
With or without spectator support, Medvedev becomes known for his understated celebration when he wins.
He told CNBC that this trait developed over the course of his career, including as a young junior who witnessed the overzealous celebrations of his competitors after winning the first round of a tournament. "The guy was rolling all over the court yelling 'come on' and hugging his family and friends, which is normal, that's emotions. But I'd say, come on, this is the first round … this is not a Grand Slam win. "
At 24, Medvedev is one of the next generation players to challenge some of the traditional names in the modern game, including 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 it. All the records they have broken are just sensational and no one has come close to their records before," he said.
"So it's really difficult … even if you are not that young anymore to beat them and especially in Grand Slams. So we do our best, we practice hard. We win them many times … so hopefully one One day we can. " do that more and more. "