Daniil Medvedev is hitting the headlines with his fantastic run during the last few weeks after reaching the final in Washington and Montreal before winning the title in Cincinnati.

Besides being a great champion, the new world no.5 is also a rather likable person. For this reason, it was rather out-of-character what happened to him 3 years ago.

When Medvedev defaulted for racism against Young

Back in 2016, Daniil was still ranked no.250 and he was disqualified from the Savannah Challenger because he “questioned the impartiality of the umpire, based on her race.”

In fact, Daniil was facing Donald Young in the second round and he got upset when the umpire, Sandy French, called his forehand wide while he was trailing 1-3. Then he uttered: “I know that you are friends. I am sure about it.”

Eventually, the tournament supervisor Keith Crossland was called to the court by Ms French and he disqualified immediately the Russian for “for racist comments” according to a statement from the ATP. That (wrong?) decision was taken since both the umpire and Donald are black, but it didn’t seem that Medvedev wanted to be racist at all.

However, as said by the match commentator, Mike Cation, Daniil’s words were not picked up.

Medvedev outstanding reaction

Even if it looked that Daniil was unfairly treated, he impressed with his reaction to calmy shake hands with both Donald Young and the umpire.

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I remember, that was totally unfair. I was also impressed with his calm reaction after he was accused of something horrible. I hope Daniil will keep on winning

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That seemed to be racist against him. WTF

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Oh shut up fragile little white boy

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But wait wait… The same story was with Ryan Harrison when he won. I’m shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match. I thought this was supposed to be an inclusive gentleman’s sport. — Donald Young Jr (@Yimlife1313) February 13, 2018 Ryan Harrison The accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue. I’m extremely disappointed that someone would say this in reaction to a lost tennis match. Any video/audio will 100% clear me and I encourage… Read more »