Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev is not only a skilled tennis player, but he is an expert gamer too. When he is not playing or practicing tennis, Medvedev spends his downtime playing video games. There is one game in particular that he plays the most- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (R6S).
The former US Open champion recently took to social media to announce that he is now the brand ambassador of R6S. What makes this announcement more exciting is that Medvedev is directly collaborating with Ubisoft to work on the game together.
The Russian is also one of the top-ranked players in R6S, falling within the 3% range, thus earning himself a diamond ranking. It is believed that Medvedev will be a playable character in 2024, with his own signature gear, skin, and story.
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In a recent interview, Medvedev opened up about gaming and the mask of anonymity it affords him. He recalled a conversation he had with another player from Russia, who could not recognize Medvedev. “That’s kind of what I like about this: when I’m playing, I’m just another guy,” said Daniil (via Tennis.com).
Medvedev added that his playing style is inspired by the way he plays tennis. “Like in tennis, I’m on the counter-attacking side where I try to be aggressive but still find sneaky spots,” he said with a smile.
Rainbow Six Siege is not a stagnant game by any means. With multiple updates a year, it has amassed a loyal fanbase, which includes Daniil Medvedev.
Daniil Medvedev engaged in a hilarious banter since his announcement
The news of the Russian star’s collaboration was met with rapture from fans. They took to leaving funny comments under Medvedev’s post.
Spanish soccer goalkeeper David De Gea was not far behind. De Gea commented that he was the one who taught Medvedev how to play. Daniil responded with two laughing emojis.
However, Rainbow Six Siege is not the only game Daniil plays. “There are other games like FIFA where you get frustrated a lot,” he said. His iconic celebration at Arthur Ashe Stadium since winning the US Open in 2021 was inspired by none other than FIFA.
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Daniil Medvedev is currently playing at the US Open, where he has qualified for the third round. He will play against Sebastian Baez next.