Daniil Medvedev - "I'm not hiding this, I don't like clay!"

Speaking in his pre-tournament presser ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters, the world No. 2 admitted that clay is not his surface of choice.

“I’m not hiding this, I don’t like clay,” Medvedev said. “I’m not going to South America, although I like to travel. I would like to go there once in my life, of course. But I’m not going to go there instead of Rotterdam, Marseille or Dubai. I’m not going to play on clay in South America during that time.

“But especially after what happened two years ago, I know I can play well on this court. Every time I practice on clay, after when I play my match, I try to do my best, but it’s difficult for me. I hope I’m going to have good results this year after the good work I’ve been doing.

“But honestly, there’s nothing I like on clay. There’s always bad bounces, you’re dirty after playing. I really don’t enjoy playing on clay.”

Two years ago, Medvedev did beat Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Monte Carlo semifinals. But otherwise it’s been tough for the Russian on clay. He’s 0-4 at the French, 0-2 and Rome, 0-2 at Madrid. But he’s hopeful of turning that around.

“Mentally I think for me the most important is going to be to know that some shots that maybe would be winners or which I would win the point on hard courts, it’s definitely not the case on clay courts,” said Medvedev. “You need to do maybe three good shots, like one of which would be enough on hard courts. That’s tough sometimes for me to understand.

“Also, of course, the quality of my ball after the bounce. If I play like on hard courts, it’s not that amazing with my flat strokes. Working on putting some more spin, some more trajectory.

“Yeah, all of this is tough because for 10, 9 months, I’m playing like I’m used to, then I have to change it for two months, still keeping the things that I do well also. Like you cannot change completely your game.”

Medvedev also couldn’t understand why French Open was moved back for one week. “I must say it’s a bit ridiculous. But not on the part of the French Federation or the government, it’s just the general situation. When you look at that way, it gives you the feeling that if you postpone by one week, the COVID will disappear in one week.” “I’m not talking about me, but a player who is going to the quarterfinals in the French Open will be in a bad situation for the grass court season. In that case he will only be able to play Wimbledon. It’s never easy to play only one tournament in the grass court season.”

Medvedev, who resides in Monte Carlo, will be able to stay at home for the event. He’ll open up against either Filip Krajinovic or Nikolaz Basilashvili.
 
Medvedev's absolute dislike for clay is quite like that of past clay specialist players for grass.

That can be a big obstacle in becoming #1 in coming years.

But he has beaten a good Novak here, can do well but Fillipo won't be easy.
 

UnforcedTerror

Hall of Fame
He will become World #1 on clay, then he will fall in love with red dirt.

Or is he gonna have to wait until he gains more points at Wimbledon? :unsure:
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
I give Med props for his honesty, though in some ways he's giving his opponents an advantage by admitting he dislikes the clay. It might have been better to prevaricate and say, "though in the past I haven't much cared for clay, I'm ready to have a great clay season and challenge at the French Open." But his transparency is refreshing.
 

gn

G.O.A.T.
I give Med props for his honesty, though in some ways he's giving his opponents an advantage by admitting he dislikes the clay. It might have been better to prevaricate and say, "though in the past I haven't much cared for clay, I'm ready to have a great clay season and challenge at the French Open." But his transparency is refreshing.
Even the mighty bull is humble and honest about his chances on Clay. :-D

Jokes aside.
This will take pressure off Med's shoulders. Nobody is going to expect anything from him on Clay. He can go 0-5 at French Open. No one will question him since he has already given the answer. Now, he can swing for the fences freely.
 

Jonesy

Hall of Fame
He has one of the attributes to be a good clay player, he just needs to develop more spin on his strokes.
 

Forehanderer

Professional
Medvedev is looking for a switch of careers to WWE. In the US Open he rubbed the NY crowd the wrong way. At the start of the clay season, he just called the clay as dirt basically. Maybe more boos from the RG crowd? He does a good job being a heel though. @MichaelNadal what do you think?
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Clay requires skill and the brains to construct a point. You would think megamind would have such brains. I guess it's rough when you can't just be a backboard camped behind the baseline.
You can make fun of Medvedev for many things, but the one thing he actually is is a point constructor instead of most top players that are just ball bashers now. Clay just doesn't reward his type of shot like hard courts do.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Medvedev also couldn’t understand why French Open was moved back for one week: “I’m not talking about me, but a player who is going to the quarterfinals in the French Open will be in a bad situation for the grass court season. In that case he will only be able to play Wimbledon. It’s never easy to play only one tournament in the grass court season.”
Hmm. Medvedev doesn't know tennis history! There was a 2-week gap between FO and Wimbledon for decades. The gap was extended only 6 years ago. Rafa won the FO and Wimbledon back to back twice before the gap between the tournaments was extended.
 

MadariKatu

Professional
You need to do maybe three good shots, like one of which would be enough on hard courts.
This is why clay is my favorite surface.
Clay requires skill and the brains to construct a point. You would think megamind would have such brains. I guess it's rough when you can't just be a backboard camped behind the baseline.
It's not that he doesn't have the brains. He is used to doing way more damage with his shots than what he does on clay. And that is what bothers him. He needs to learn a different way of ball-striking and thinking for the surface. It's not that he lacks the mental ability. In my opinion, he should work more on his frustration management. But he has shown that he can be patient for longer rallies and can construct points. So far only on hardcourts though.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I love the honesty.

But, instead of doubling down on his dislike of clay, he should just see it as a grand adventure. Work as hard as he can to adjust during clay season, don't get frustrated with not having the same results as on other surfaces, and just be open-minded and see what he can do. If he minimizes the mental road block, I think he could do much better than he thinks. In some ways his game suits clay. Plus, he's a gamer - he grinds until the end, so he's shown that he often has the mental endurance that you need on clay.
 

duaneeo

Legend
“But honestly, there’s nothing I like on clay. There’s always bad bounces, you’re dirty after playing. I really don’t enjoy playing on clay.”.
I don't play tennis, but this alone would be why I wouldn't want to play on clay, lol.
 

James P

Legend
I love the clay, even if my boy doesn't. My expectations are incredibly low the next month and a half, though.
 

TennisIcon

Rookie
I don’t see anything wrong with what he said. Clay really doesn’t seem all that fun at all and seems pretty gruelling to play on. The one thing about Medvedev that I will always appreciate is his honesty. He’s not like other PR trained robots who don’t make one statement with out a team of people signing off on it. He speaks his mind and he’s not really afraid of who it offends.
 

brc444

Rookie
Bad bounces and being dirty after playing is true based on my experience with red clay at the recreational level. Of course, at the professional level, with a much higher level of court maintenance and the use of ball boys, those problems are diminished. For the professionals who like clay, I wonder ho much they would enjoy it playing on a typically badly maintained recreational court.
 

El_Yotamo

Hall of Fame
Not saying this will translate at all, but let's keep in mind Sampras is quoted as saying grass tennis was "unfair" before he was able to pick up wins at SW19.

“When I first came over here, the first three years, I didn’t really enjoy grass. I thought it was a fast surface that was unfair. I kind of had a negative attitude towards the grass. I just didn’t like the speed. ”
 

Gerco

Rookie
I think maybe he refers to the way he sometimes counterpunches on hard courts doesn´t suit well for the clay.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
Speaking in his pre-tournament presser ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters, the world No. 2 admitted that clay is not his surface of choice.

“I’m not hiding this, I don’t like clay,” Medvedev said. “I’m not going to South America, although I like to travel. I would like to go there once in my life, of course. But I’m not going to go there instead of Rotterdam, Marseille or Dubai. I’m not going to play on clay in South America during that time.

“But especially after what happened two years ago, I know I can play well on this court. Every time I practice on clay, after when I play my match, I try to do my best, but it’s difficult for me. I hope I’m going to have good results this year after the good work I’ve been doing.

“But honestly, there’s nothing I like on clay. There’s always bad bounces, you’re dirty after playing. I really don’t enjoy playing on clay.”

Two years ago, Medvedev did beat Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Monte Carlo semifinals. But otherwise it’s been tough for the Russian on clay. He’s 0-4 at the French, 0-2 and Rome, 0-2 at Madrid. But he’s hopeful of turning that around.

“Mentally I think for me the most important is going to be to know that some shots that maybe would be winners or which I would win the point on hard courts, it’s definitely not the case on clay courts,” said Medvedev. “You need to do maybe three good shots, like one of which would be enough on hard courts. That’s tough sometimes for me to understand.

“Also, of course, the quality of my ball after the bounce. If I play like on hard courts, it’s not that amazing with my flat strokes. Working on putting some more spin, some more trajectory.

“Yeah, all of this is tough because for 10, 9 months, I’m playing like I’m used to, then I have to change it for two months, still keeping the things that I do well also. Like you cannot change completely your game.”

Medvedev also couldn’t understand why French Open was moved back for one week. “I must say it’s a bit ridiculous. But not on the part of the French Federation or the government, it’s just the general situation. When you look at that way, it gives you the feeling that if you postpone by one week, the COVID will disappear in one week.” “I’m not talking about me, but a player who is going to the quarterfinals in the French Open will be in a bad situation for the grass court season. In that case he will only be able to play Wimbledon. It’s never easy to play only one tournament in the grass court season.”

Medvedev, who resides in Monte Carlo, will be able to stay at home for the event. He’ll open up against either Filip Krajinovic or Nikolaz Basilashvili.
Huge mistake by him to admit this and just as huge to have this mentality. What a waste. If he could adapt his game even a little he could have some great results on clay. Sad.
 

bjsnider

Hall of Fame
The bad bounce argument is pretty stupid because you've got more time to recover before hitting it. Bad bounces on grass are different matter.
 

duaneeo

Legend
I give Med props for his honesty, though in some ways he's giving his opponents an advantage by admitting he dislikes the clay. It might have been better to prevaricate and say, "though in the past I haven't much cared for clay, I'm ready to have a great clay season and challenge at the French Open." But his transparency is refreshing.
But look at his clay results. It's already common knowledge that Medvedev dislikes clay and clay dislikes him.
 
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