Ahead of the 2023 Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, Daniil Medvedev was once again quizzed about the ongoing War in Ukraine.
While many athletes shy away from political discussions, Medvedev has been unafraid to use his platform to speak out about his beliefs, following his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who bravely calls for peace on an ongoing basis.
Medvedev's words are particularly poignant given the current political climate. The war in Ukraine has been raging for over a year, with no end in sight. Against this backdrop, Medvedev's call for peace is a welcome reminder that there are still those who believe in diplomacy and cooperation.
"I've said it so many times, I'm not going to say anything new. I'm for peace."
In addition to his comments on the war in Ukraine, Medvedev also discussed his possible participation in this year's Wimbledon. As a Russian athlete, he was banned from the tournament last year due to the invasion. While he expressed his desire to play at Wimbledon, he also emphasized that the decision was ultimately up to the organizers.
"I'm not going to make this decision for them or even help them make this decision. They have to make it by themselves for their different reasons like they did last year."
Emphasizing that he will only compete in events that he's allowed to compete in while showing his desire to play in the All England Club, the former world no. 1 added:
"And I always said I will respect this decision. I play where I can play... tennis is my job so I would be really happy to play Wimbledon. I absolutely love that tournament, but if it's not meant to be, I'm going to wait for the opportunity to be back there."