Tennis ace Daniil Medvedev angrily kicked a TV camera in a display of rage.
Medvedev, who is generally a bit of a hothead, was involved in a heated argument with an umpire. The player needed medical assistance on his weaker left hand. When the incident happened, he was a set ahead, but he ended up losing the match.
Fellow Russian Andrey Rublev staged a comeback to knock Medvedev out of the contest, beating him 2-6 6-3 6-3. It was the first time Rublev beat Medvedev.
After Medvedev slammed into the paraphernalia on the court, he was clearly raging and fuming. As reported by Daily Star, he then proceeded to angrily kick the camera away, and then yelled at the umpire. He could be heard saying the collision “could have broken my hand”.
Medvedev is not a stranger to anger and outbursts. As recently as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, he was involved in another outburst. In his third round match with Fabio Fognini, Medvedev was filmed shouting and yelling at the match officials, angrily complaining about the horrible temperatures the match was taking place under.
The Russian was spotted struggling with the heat, and seemed exhausted during the breaks. When the umpire asked him if he was okay to continue playing, he sarcastically replied, “I’m a fighter, I will finish the match, but I can die. If I die, is the ITF (International Tennis Federation) going to take responsibility?”
Medvedev will no doubt be in a foul mood after losing, then. The loss means he won’t be the final despite being the favourite to win. The angry outburst was a sign that he lost his head, and he will need to refocus and bounce back stronger.