Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has suggested that the matches at the Tokyo Olympics should start in the evening due to the heat.
Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, made a winning start to his Tokyo campaign as he beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-4 7-6 (8).
“I think, like they do in Mexico, the matches should maybe start at like 6pm because the heat actually gets much lighter,” said Medvedev, as quoted on Fox Sports Australia.
“We’re here and we know the matches will be early and you couldn’t practise at this time. I don’t think they’re going to change it in the middle of the tournament, but that’s what can be done and the fact we have only one minute between changeovers is a joke.
“I think if you ask 200 tennis players here, I think 195 will say one minute is a joke and it should be 1:30 like it is in Asian tournaments.”
Medvedev admits Novak Djokovic is the top favorite
Medvedev plays next against India’s Sumit Nagal, who beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
“Where I live in summer in Cannes can be really hot, I’m not going to lie, but you have to play. That’s the Olympics, you go for the medal. You’re not here to cry about heat, it was really tough for both of us,” said Medvedev.
On Saturday, world No. 1 Djokovic was also in action.
Djokovic made a winning start to his Tokyo campaign as he saw off Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2.
Medvedev, who lost to Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open, admitted the Serb is the top favorite to win Tokyo.
“My first goal is to try and win every match here,” said Medvedev. “When I come to the Olympics all I want is a gold medal, but we all know who is the favourite and it’s not me. I’m maybe kind of close but not the favourite, so I just try to do my best.”