By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday June 8, 2021
After his round of 16 victory over Cristian Garin, Daniil Medvedev told the crowd on Court Suzanne-Lenglen—in French—that he hoped they would come support him on Tuesday when he faced Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Unfortunately for Medvedev—and fans—the match was chosen as the night session match, played in front of an empty Court Philippe-Chatrier due to the 9 P.M. Paris coronavirus curfew, and broadcast on Amazon in France.
After the match the Russian said he was bummed out about the decision.
He explained himself by sharing an anecdote.
“It’s actually funny because just yesterday I started the third season of “Drive to Survive,” and I think the first or second episode is called “Cash Is King,” which I didn’t know why is it called,” Medvedev said. “So just before the pandemic—like when the pandemic started, they were in Australia ready to race, and they asked Lewis Hamilton what did he think about racing in the conditions the world was in right now, and he said, ‘I don’t know what we are doing here.’ And so they asked him, ‘Why do you think they make you race?’ And he said, “Cash is King.”
Medvedev said Roland Garros simply gave Amazon the match it wanted.
“Our match was definitely the match of the day, so Roland Garros preferred Amazon to people. It’s easy as that,” he said.
The Russian, who lost to Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-5, understands that “cash is king” but he ended his statement on the subject by asking where the cash is.
“Actually I want to say that I think it’s good when you have sponsors and everything because that’s how we tennis players can make money,” he said. “But actually we have more people this year in Roland Garros, we have Amazon, I don’t know if they had it last year, and we get 15 percent less prize money. So the question is where is the Amazon money?”