2022 Australian Open: Daniil Medvedev slams 'low IQ' fans for Ronaldo impressions during second-round win

Daniil Medvedev, the world’s second-ranked tennis gamer and the 2022 Australian Open preferred, didn’t precisely ingratiate himself to the Rod Laver Arena crowd on Thursday. The Russian beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in the competition’s 2nd round, a match in which lots of fans screamed soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s signature “SIUUU” objective event. 

But Medvedev plainly didn’t acknowledge Ronaldo’s event, as the 25-year-old suggested after the match he believed the fans were booing him. 

“[Remaining calm and focused] is the only choice when you get booed between first and second serve,” Medvedev informed four-time Grand Slam winner turned analyst Jim Courier. “You have to stay calm and win the match.”

Fans started in fact booing Medvedev after his on-court remark, triggering Courier to discuss their initial intent of mimicing Ronaldo. 

Courier’s description stopped working to put Medvedev at ease. In a later interview with Eurosport, Medvedev stated the Ronaldo impersonators “probably have a low IQ.” 

“I had a few moments on my serve, many games were actually quite easy for me, but a few moments were tough and he managed to make some good returns,” Medvedev stated. “Then I have breakpoint second serve and people are cheering like you’ve already made a double fault. That’s just disappointing. It’s not everybody that’s doing it but the people doing it probably have a low IQ.”

Andy Murray was likewise annoyed with the “SIUUU” chants, calling them “painful” after his first-round win over Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday. 

“Initially, I thought it was [jeering], because there were some people booing during my practice yesterday. I have no idea what for, so originally that’s what I thought it was,” he stated. “But then after a few times it was like, ‘No, they’re doing that, I think it’s like ‘SIUUU’ or something that Ronaldo does when he scores. And, yeah, it was incredibly irritating.”

Medvedev and Murray will likely hear plenty more “SIUUU” chants through the remainder of the Australian Open after their public remarks. 

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