Under the bright lights of New York theatrics are a common occurrence.
Whereas, tennis is largely bereft of personalities on tour and often bemoans characters that act in any form out of the ordinary.
Daniil Medvedev, who was no household name last month, has emerged as a characterful presence at the US Open. Nick Kyrgios has company in the rebel stakes.
There are not many sports where a sportsman could receive just as much coverage for goading crowds as producing his best performances on one of its biggest stages.
What ability – of which he has plenty – Medvedev possesses, the Russian has matched with his on-court histrionics.
“Thank you all, guys, because your energy tonight gave me the win,” Medvedev expressed after his stormy third-round victory against Feliciano Lopez.
“If you weren’t here, I probably would lose the match … I want all of you to know, when you sleep tonight, I won because of you.”
The 23-year-old Russian was completely unfazed – if anything he thrived at the opportunity to tackle a hostile American crowd.
Medvedev repeated his sarcastic thanks to the crowd, inviting further vitriol in his direction, after a fourth-round win against Dominik Koepfer, with the scenes almost resembling that of the scripted environment of WWE.
Hahaha I rateeeee what medvedev said to the crowd last night 馃檴
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 31, 2019
His conduct against Lopez, which also included snatching a towel from a ball person, led to a series of fines thrown at him totalling $9,000.
Through his opening three matches at Flushing Meadows, Medvedev was fined $19,000.