Daniil Medvedev decided quite late for professional sports that he would connect his life with tennis. At the end of 2019, he earned $ 7 million in prize money, turned out to be the first Russian finalist of the Grand Slam tournament in more than 10 years, and entered into contracts with Tinkoff and BMW. This year, Medvedev made his debut in the ranking of the most successful stars according to Forbes. How did he succeed?
23-year-old tennis player Daniel Medvedev reached the final of the US Open, becoming the first since 2005, the Russian finalist of the Grand slam tournament, and received a live broadcast on the main TV channel of the country. Rafael Nadal needed nearly five hours to win the match and take the 19th "helmet", but the ceremony unconditionally won Medvedev. He added humor to the duty of gratitude, and three times received an ovation of tribunes that during the championship, not once hissed at him. US Open brought Medvedev $1.9 million in prize money and the status of one of the most talked about athletes 2019. Forbes tells the story of a rookie star "40 under 40".
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Father Maria Sharapova wants for daughter's tennis career when she was four years old. Rafael Nadal began to train intensively with his uncle in five years. Roger Federer first picked up a racket in three and a half years, 9 got a personal trainer, and at 14 his parents sent him to a prestigious tennis school in another city. All this is typical of tennis stories. "Usually begin in 4-5 years, — says Alexander Ostrovsky, the founder of the tennis academies in Moscow and Tula. — For 8-9 years, parents determined whether their professional career for a child. At this age need to practice every day and start playing tournaments. 11-12 years children daily have been training for 4-5 hours".
The story of Daniel Medvedev in this scheme does not fit. In tennis section he was in for six years. Any ambition on the topic of professional sporting career his parents did not exist. Just decided to try to "overall development". By the time Daniel was already swimming in the pool "the Seagull", the chess school after Tigran Petrosian, went on drawing, and on weekends he loved to drive in football.
Tennis gradually replaced other Hobbies, but a lot of time began to take the study. "I think dad quite early to believe in my tennis future, — says Medvedev. And even if you do not believe you, I was hoping for. But for a long time mom and it's super that was, took me to different classes. It was her work, her ideas. That's why I was so versatile."
To 12 years Medvedev studied at the school №91 on Cook street and graduated three classes from prestigious schools English language "Dom Stankevicha". "There was also a lot of homework, — says Daniel. I even worked with Tutors in order to better understand it." In the 7th grade, Medvedev entered the physico-mathematical Lyceum "Second school".
"I was very interested to learn, he says. Is not a sport, but there's always the competitive moment. School was difficult, 20 people in the class two or three honors. I always tried to be the good in me. Troika has happened, but rarely. On the one hand, I was a diligent student who never got twos, and tried to learn. On the other — more than friends with bullies. But for some tricks I was not punished. Said: "Medvedev is a good boy."
After 9 th grade Daniel successfully passed all annual exams and left the "Second school". By the time he had already travelled extensively to tournaments, a lot of training, and combine it with a load of physico-mathematical Lyceum was unreal. The two remaining class Medvedev finished externally in another school and lost his exhaust. "Like 99% of tennis players, says Daniel. But I about it do not regret".
One of the main factors of the progress of a young tennis player is financing. From the first years of the occupation until the moment the player starts to seriously earn (if they start) will have to spend about €1 million, says Alexander Ostrovsky. "If it is from 12-14 years old to ride on all the top tournaments and not have to think about the price of the hotels, — said Medvedev. — If you focus on the amount of two times smaller too, everything can happen. In my career there were moments when I had to save". Costs are rising gradually: in order to play better and to score points in the rating according to their age, need individual training, tournaments, etc. First, it will cost the Russian tennis player tens of thousands of rubles, and after 14 years — and up to €100 000 per year. If such funds have no family, need a sponsor. Peers Medvedev Karen Hechanova (No. 15 in the world ranking), for example, helped his uncle — the owner of the network Hoff, Alexander zajonc and training Maria Sharapova was 11 years old pay IMG and Nike. Medvedev financed father. In the beginning Sergey Medvedev, in the Soviet past, the programmer, quite successfully traded materials. And in the first years of the career of the son the cost of his tennis everyday.
So, in 12 years, Daniel changed the coach. Father through half the town took him to the sports club "Be healthy", recently opened in the village of Mosrentgen. "He was very awkward, recalls his first impressions of the new student coach Igor Chelyshev. — Already vymahal, and coordination was lacking. Is Humpty Dumpty. Plus the character. In the 12-13 years he was so lit, I do not understand it, enough of him in the end, patience or not. Racket throwing if lost. We were punished often: freaked — 10 laps around the court. Danya exercise for 20-30 could be coming up. But he is not out of the game for a long time, as is often the case in children was slow to come back."
To 14 years Medvedev was the best in the club. Started playing for the national team to win the tournaments. Where not enough equipment or gear, rescued character. "He's a fighter to the end. It had been always and everywhere. Tennis, football — it doesn't matter. All was ready to break," says Chelyshev.
From 14 to 18 years Daniel was a scholar of the Foundation of the Yeltsin — €15 000 per year received the top three players in each Junior age. For the family of the youngster that was very important: the cost of tennis grew faster than revenue, and in the early 2010s Medvedev-the eldest went out of business, which have been for 10 years, and focused on the career of the son. He was actively looking for sponsors. Wrote to President Dmitry Medvedev in Gazprom, billionaire Gennady Timchenko, to no avail.
In 14 years, Medvedev signed a contract with a powerful Agency IMG, but financial stability is not added. "In tennis there is a rigorous system of coordinates, — explains Alexey Nikolaev, the then representative of the IMG in Russia. — If a player doesn't fit, it's hard to convince a company or Agency in its prospects. You need to be in the global top ten in the category up to 14 years, then to 18 years, even better to win a Junior Slam. And Daniel at an early age did not show spectacular results." Max Medvedev in the Junior ranking — 12th place. Perhaps because to 18 years Daniel paid much attention to education. Received a certificate, he entered the evening Department of the Moscow state University, by correspondence — the teaching institution, and the external MESI. "I was very energetic, — says Medvedev. — Trained with about 9 am, the three or four came to the University at 18:00 started lessons at 9 PM was over. Studying was hard, but interesting. Sorry, the session coincided with the Grand slam tournaments, had to pass exams in advance. But I haven't filled up". And yet after the first course Daniel took, head of the study leave and transferred from the pedagogical University in Russian University of physical education and sport, where he later received the diploma of the trainer.
Designer of communication: personalize customer service to Combine serious study and serious tennis was not easy, admits Medvedev. But it prepared him for adult life. "When you get to the Junior Grand slam tournament, and I played them all, you clearly realize his chance to get on these courts already professional, explains Daniel. And it is strange to miss this chance. But if tennis did not work, I was fully prepared to continue my education."
In the fall of 2011 developer Alexander Ostrovsky opened in Khimki tennis Academy, and later launched a program of free training for promising juniors. "When Daniel was 16 years old, his parents came with him to our Academy, — says Ostrovsky. They have chosen the path of development. Considered the option to go to Europe or to obtain financial support in Russia. I took the time to think, but in the end refused. We just made a deal with the parents of Anastasia Potapova (now No. 84 on the WTA tour), it was my first big investment. I understand the perspective of Daniel, but understood and their capabilities. Pull the two athletes I had a hard time". When she went a few potential sponsors, Medvedev finally switched to foreign option. Discussed Finland, Sweden but eventually settled in France, where she lived, their middle daughter. And it seems to be otherwise could not. In an interview with "Sport-Express" Daniel's mother told me that and give birth to a son she planned in France — then at age 18 he legally would have the right to choose the citizenship of this country. Even the coat I bought to hide the stomach at the time of boarding the plane, but Daniel was born prematurely — not in March and in February and in Moscow. For almost two years, Medvedev was spent on preparation of documents related to the sale of apartments in Moscow and the purchase of property in France, search a database for training. Daniel, of course, did not want to leave. "I'm 18, I just began to enter adult life in Moscow, I have friends, — says Medvedev. — If I were asked, I would have stayed, but for tennis it would be the wrong decision. Good thing I didn't decide".
Moving abroad — the usual stage of the careers of many Russian tennis players. But Medvedev and then be original by choosing not advertised place, and Elite Tennis Center in Cannes is a modest startup to a young coach Jean-rené Lesnar. And this is a great success, said Igor Chelyshev. "Many popular Academy is more of a show, he says. — And Daniel got to the coach, which was really interesting to develop." "Initially in France was difficult for all, — says Medvedev. In French I almost didn't say would only understand the topic of conversation, but I a little that gave. As for the French, if you are a foreigner and do not speak their language, it creates additional complexity. I didn't have any buddies. Even now I'm not sure I got used to the end in France. Only three years ago started to say ".