A tennis champion fumed at an Olympics journalist who asked him a question about cheating

A tennis champion fumed at an Olympics journalist who asked him a question about cheating
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Daniil Medvedev struggled to compete in the heat Wednesday, and then fumed at a reporter.
  • A reporter asked Daniil Medvedev about Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal.

  • Fuming, Medvedev said the journalist should be embarrassed of themselves.

  • He then asked a press officer to throw the reporter out and barred from tennis events.

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Tennis champion Daniil Medvedev fumed at a journalist who asked him about cheating.

The world No.2-ranked player, who has won 13 ATP Tour titles, including three Masters events and the ATP Finals, is through to the quarterfinals of the men's singles Olympic tennis event.

Though he beat Fabio Fognini, of Italy, by two sets to one, Medvedev's passage to the final eight was by no means smooth as the heat and humidity of playing midday in Japan sapped the Russian athlete's energy levels.

At one point, he even asked the chair umpire if he'd be responsible should Medvedev die from exhaustion.

After the victory on Wednesday, things got even more heated during a confrontation with a reporter at a mixed media zone at the 2020 Tokyo Games

Medvedev is Russian, but as Russia is banned from the Tokyo Games because of a state-sponsored doping program uncovered in 2015, athletes from that country instead represent the Russian Olympic Committee [ROC].

Russia has denied any involvement in doping and appealed the ban.

A journalist asked Medvedev about the situation. "Are the Russian Olympic team athletes carrying a stigma of cheaters in these Games after the scandal, and how do you feel about it?" The reporter asked, according to The Guardian.

Angered, Medvedev replied: "That's the first time in my life I'm not gonna answer a question, man. And you should be embarrassed of yourself."

He then asked the press officer overseeing the English-language media event if the reporter could be thrown out of the area. It is not clear if the journalist was removed from the media area.

"I think you should [remove] him from either the Olympic Games, [or] the tennis tournament," Medvedev said. "I don't want to see him again in my interviews."

As part of the ban on Russia, ROC athletes are not permitted to fly the Russia flag or have it brandished on their uniforms. The Russian anthem cannot be played at Olympic events, either.

Medvedev plays Pablo Carreno, of Spain, in Thursday's quarterfinal.

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