When Daniil Medvedev was growing up in Russia, the country was in the midst of tremendous change. The Soviet Union had collapsed and the Iron Curtain was no more. Russia was now opening up to the rest of the world and was playing catch-up when it came to upgrades in Technology and Infrastructure in all fields, sports included. At that time, Daniil Medvedev had no inkling towards Tennis. He was passionate about swimming and his parents decided to enroll him there. It was at the same swimming pool that destiny had other plans for Daniil Medvedev.
When Daniil Medvedev was nine years old, he was taking his swimming lessons. His mother noticed an advertisement about group Tennis classes. His mother saw it. The father decided to enroll him in that. Life would never be the same for Daniil Medvedev.
Daniil Medvedev was born on February 11, 1995 to Sergey Medvedev and Olga Medvedeva. Sergey was a computer engineer at the start of his career. However, he developed his own business of building materials sales, from the mid-1980s to the early 2010s. Daniil’s mother Olga is a homemaker and has been supportive of Daniil’s early venture into Tennis.
Daniil Medvedev’s birth actually proved to be a complication for the family. Sergey and Olga wanted to move to France and ensure that Daniil would be born there. But, Daniil was premature and he was born in Russia. That thwarted their attempts to move to France. Due to restrictions for medical reasons, the family had to stay back. Daniil was the third edition to the family. He has two older sisters named Julia and Elena, who are 12 and eight years his senior, respectively.
Daniil Medvedev studied physics and math at a specialized school before graduating early and enrolling in economics and commerce at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He later dropped out to focus on tennis. He then switched to the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth, and Tourism, where he received his diploma. He took an academic shortcut affording him the chance to finish his final two grades in one year.
Not many would know it, but Daniil Medvedev’s venture into Tennis was briefly interrupted by video games. He would play video games for hours and he even used to take part in the Russian cybersport championships. His hours playing PlayStation were beneficial and also harmful in his growth.
When Daniil Medvedev turned 18, the entire family moved from Russia to France. He then joined the Elite Tennis Center. Daniil Medvedev has stated there are plenty of courts, clubs that aid in the development of Tennis in the country. Further, the nice weather also helps him in ensuring his fitness is up to the mark.
Medvedev currently lives in Monte Carlo along with other notable ATP superstars like Novak Djokovic. His parents live with him as retirees. Daniil Medvedev has said France is his second home but he plays under the Russian flag. The 2021 US Open success, as well as the 2020 ATP World Tour Championship and Davis Cup success is a fitting reward for the sacrifices of Sergey and Olga.