Tennis player Daniil Medvedev said Friday that he lost his temper during his semi-finals match at the Australian Open.
During his second set against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Medvedev received a warning for allegedly making a vulgar gesture with his arm towards referee Jaume Campistol, according to the New York Post. The player then reportedly went into a tirade against Campistol in which he accused Tsitsipas’ father of a coaching violation.
MEDVEDEV BLOWS UP! 😡😡
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“Oh my god, you are so bad, man. How can you be so bad in the semifinal of a Grand Slam. Look at me! I’m talking to you!” Medvedev can be heard saying on video.
“If you don’t [give him a warning], you are – how can I say it – a small cat,” Medvedev later added, according to the NY Post.
Despite his outburst, Medvedev was able to rally back from a second set loss to win the match and secure a spot in the finals against Rafael Nadal. (RELATED: Star Athlete Forced To Go Home After Being Held At Airport Over Vaccine Exemption)
Medvedev expressed regret over his comments after the match against Tsitsipas.
“You guys are laughing, so I think we can say it was funny,” he said, according to Yahoo! Sport. “But I was definitely out of my mind. I was not controlling myself anymore about anything.”
“I regret it all the time, because I don’t think it’s nice.” he added. “I know that every referee is trying to do their best.”