During his quarter-final win over Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Australian Open, a fan at Rod Laver Arena shouted, “Do it for Ukraine, Felix!”
But Medvedev has spoken out against the war since it began on February 24.
“As a tennis player, I want to promote peace around the world,” he said in Acapulco. “We play in so many different countries. I’ve been to so many countries as a junior and as a pro.
He added: “It’s just not easy to hear all this news. I am for peace.
Medvedev’s next tournament is expected to be next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where some players are already planning to show their support for Ukraine by wearing blue and yellow outfits, the colors of Ukraine’s national flag.
On Sunday, just hours before officially becoming the No. 1 ranked men’s singles player, Medvedev issued another plea, this time on social media.
“Today I want to speak on behalf of all the children in the world,” he said. “They all have dreams. Their lives are just beginning, so many great experiences to come: first friends, first big emotions. Everything they feel and see is for the first time in their lives. That’s why I want to ask for peace in the world, peace between countries Children are born with an inner trust in the world, they believe so much in everything: in people, in love, in safety and justice, in their chances in life. Let’s get together and show them that it’s true, because every child shouldn’t stop dreaming.
Medvedev, like many top Russian players, moved abroad as a teenager to pursue his tennis career. While his Russian contemporaries Andrey Rublev, 24, and Karen Khachanov, 25, have landed in Spain, Medvedev has traveled to the south of France and now lives in Monte Carlo, long a sunny and tax-efficient base for tennis stars.
He has been coached by Frenchman Gilles Cervara since 2016 and is fluent in French and English – skills useful in a global sport with press conferences and post-match interviews.