Re: No Wonder some plays think Tennis journalists are stupid
This one is very long one but I have edited a lot of it, there are some genuine funnies from Andrei Medvedev. Very insightful comments, though some of the Americans mightn't think so.
1993 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Flushing Meadows, New York, NY
September 1, 1993
A. MEDVEDEV/F. Meligeni
6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Q. Welcome to New York. What do you think about it?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Too many people.
Q. Too many people in New York?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Yeah. Too noisy, but it is still nice, but it could be a little bit quieter. Look, I mean--
Q. Are you staying in New York City for the tournament?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Yes.
Q. Anybody recognize you on the streets?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: No, because in New York people don't look at the face. I noticed it. It is very funny. They look at your eyes, just in the eyes and they don't care who you are. They look in the eyes, I don't know what they are looking for, but even in the restaurant probably if you ask the waiter to describe your client, he wouldn't be able to do this, because he doesn't look at you-- even they have a great service, don't get me wrong. The people -- the people are nice in the hotels and everywhere. They just look in the eyes, maybe the girls look at your body, but not the men.
Q. Have you been out on the streets away from the hotel, just sort of, you know, drinking in the atmosphere of Manhattan?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: No, no I hate the atmosphere, because too many people, and I mean, it is just -- you want to find a place to sit, with me with my height, I have to sit. Otherwise, I fall.
Q. What about the atmosphere here at the Open?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: It is great. It is great. It is just the worst atmosphere I have met. Seriously, you have the only one place you can be in the players lounge and it is so crowded and it is so loud that you just, you know, you cannot be there -- I cannot be there more than one hour to be normal, to be calm. After one hour, I start to be a little bit crazy and upset with the people walking around.
After two hours, probably I start to cry. I haven't been there for two hours. I am just guessing that it will be very tough, and I was very lucky that I was playing the first match today and hopefully I can get out soon and we will see what we can do. But it is really crazy. I mean, probably you should have like a different you know, rooms with the signs like this is for loud people. This is for Spanish. This is for Germans. This is for Russians. This is for quiet people. I don't know, but you just-- it is just incredible. You have all the nationalities in the whole world and let us say if we are Ukrainians, are very quiet, I have to say, but let us say Spanish people and South American people, they are very loud, which is you can't help it. And to put us together in the same room, you know, just because of the noise, -- I am just joking, seriously, it could be some solution to do something to help it somehow, because you have a huge room and everybody is sitting there, in the men's and women's, which I don't mind, but all kind of people, they just walk around; they talk and just getting too crazy.
All you want to do is just leave this place. You can't do it because you have to wait for the match and then somebody play five setters, and -- all the women play three sets, which is even longer than five sets.
Q. Have you been to the Russian Tea Room yet?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: It is too far from my hotel.
Q. Andrei, could you straighten out one thing. I think when we first started talking to you said I live in the Ukraine but I am a Russian. Now, you just said "we Ukrainians" --
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: It is bullshit. It is just for papers. I am Russian, I mean, I am not just Russian, I am 100% Russian. It is like you know, like a lifetime guarantee or something and I never -- I will never be Ukrainian because I am not. From the head to the feet I am Russian and there is not one part of me Ukrainian. Not as far as I know, maybe there was somebody a long, long time ago, but I don't think so. You know, to call me Ukrainian because I was born there is not fair and the people started to talk to me in Ukrainian language and I don't like it. Because they are doing it for the, I guess, for the political reasons and I am not involved in the politics and you know, I have nothing to do with it. I only play tennis. I don't, you know, I don't care about anything -- I mean -- I do care about some things, but not as much as they do, to make me proud to represent Ukraine. I am not proud to represent this country because I don't agree with my government, first of all, and beside this, okay, I don't mind to represent it, but again I am not Ukrainian. So --
Q. Sasha here?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Yes.
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Home? No, he was here.
Q. What about moving through the crowds here on the grounds, has that been a problem for you?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Oh, no. As I said, I couldn't see anything than the court because I was just too tired, probably. Crowd didn't bother me because it is loud anyway, even if they sit and trying to not to talk it is still loud, I don't know why. It is just probably the American way, but seriously, I don't have nothing against it because we have many different nationalities and you know, most of them are you know, loud; you can't help it.
You can't tell them, don't talk, because they just need to talk. They need to talk and they need to say that I made the backhand, forehand and they need to do it just during when I make this forehand. You can't help it. I don't really care. With the ages, with the years, as far as I am getting old, I realize that the people are like this. You have to play and we do our job. They came just to enjoy it, so I don't care. As long as they don't throw the songs to us or they don't shoot us, it is okay. No problem.
Q. If this tournament was in Kiev or Moscow, would it be quieter?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: I am not saying it would be quiet. Probably if you tell the people to shut up, they will shut up. You can't say to Americans shut up. If you ask them, please, be quiet, they won't be quiet because it is too nice. If you tell them shut up, they will not shut up because it is too bad for them. And there is no between, there is nothing you can say between.
You can say, don't talk, they probably will start talking because it is natural for the people. And if you say to our people don't talk, they will not talk because they are afraid that something is going to happen and Americans, they know that nothing is going to happen, so they talk. It is a free country. You say you can't tell me to shut up because it is a free country, right, they are probably right.
Q. So it is easier to play tennis in a country that is not free?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: I mean, our country is free also, but our people-- I am not saying that they are more educated, but they are more understandable, because tennis is not very famous probably in any of the Russian countries and if you tell them to be quiet because they don't know if it is right that they talk. Americans, they know, even if they talk, we are still going to play and Ukrainians, they will think, oh, if he keep talking, they just talk back. That is the way it works.
Q. Which of the Grand Slams do you like the best?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: French Open.
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Why not? I like it because I like it. Do you have a wife?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Why do you like your wife?
Q. Do you have time?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Sure, I got time. Go ahead. It is the same. You like it for something that you cannot sometimes describe. You just like it. You feel good there and I feel good at the French Open.
Q. Have you seen a baseball game yet?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: No. I am not a big fan -- I mean, let us say I am not a fan of baseball at all. I don't watch it on TV, so --
Q. You seem to be talking about wanting quiet, you seem a lot like Andrei Agassi who likes to talk to us.
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: No, I don't like to talk to you. Don't get me wrong. Because you see, the more I talk, the more bullshit you write in the paper. And I understand you are doing your job; you need to sell the papers, but you know, don't get me wrong, I am just helping you to do your job and I think we get-- hopefully-- I will talk to ATP that we should get paid for it. We should get paid to talk to the press because we talk to you for free and you make money out of it. It is not fair. You say, Monica Seles gets stabbed and whatever in Hamburg. Then, I don't know, somebody falls in love with somebody, okay, and you sell the papers like this. You make huge money and we get nothing than destruction so we should get like percentage of it. We should -- we give you more sensations, don't you think, that I can give you lots of shit that you can write? But for this, for this, you know we have to get paid. I won't talk for free.
Q. You want to stop talking?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Sure.
Q. I don't know. Do these guys want to pay you some money?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: Yeah, you just talk to me direct, we make a deal.
Q. Check's in the mail. Do you want to trade salaries, trade income?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: What do you mean, trade?
Q. With the people in our business and what you make?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: What is that?
Q. Money, we will take your money; you take ours?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: You don't deserve to take my money. I deserve to take your money because I help you do your job.
Q. But they help you?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: You don't help me to do my job. If you run with me and put the A. C., you know, just in my face that I can breath, then it is okay, I pay you whatever, 20% of the prize money. But you don't run with the air-conditioner in front of my face, you don't get paid, right?
Q. Save some for Friday. We can't afford to continue. He is the boss. Are you all right?
ANDREI MEDVEDEV: I am fine.