Tennis ace Daniil Medvedev drew inspiration from one of his favorite video games to celebrate his victory against Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open in New York City on Sunday night.
In one of the most bizarre match-winning reactions the professional tennis world has ever seen, the Russian champion performed the wacky “dead fish festival” commonly associated with fifa Video game.
familiar to fifa aficionados, the unusual celebration involves jumping, stiffening the body and falling to the ground. Like (kind of) a dead fish.
Concluding his post-match interview watched by millions of people around the world, Medvedev commented on his strange antics, saying, “The very last thing, only veterans will understand… What I did after the match was L2 Plus left.” While most people would be baffled by the vague context, fifa Fans may have nodded intentionally, knowing that “L2 Plus Left” describes how gamers can feast on a dead fish using a PlayStation controller (PlayStation: press L2 and hold the right stick to the left; Xbox: Press LT and hold the right stick to the left).
Later in a press conference with the world’s media, Medvedev elaborated: “I like to play fifa. I like to play playstation. This is called the dead fish festival. If you want to annoy your opponent while playing fifa, many times you are going to do it. You score a goal, you’re up 5-0, you do it.”
Medvedev said that he did the surprise ceremony not because he was after even more media attention, but because he wanted to make the moment special for himself and entertain his friends and everyone else.
The new US Open champion said it would have been better if he had been able to do so at Wimbledon in the summer because the grass courts offered a softer landing, but he was knocked out in the fourth round.
“It’s not easy to make it on the hard court. I’ve got a minor injury,” said Medvedev when he fell on the hard playing surface of the Arthur Ashe Stadium.