At just 27-years-old, Daniil Medvedev’s career in tennis is nothing short of impressive.
The talented athlete already has a Grand Slam title to his name and is one of only 27 men to have been ranked No 1 in the world.
The Russian-born player has clearly worked hard to get to where he is—and he’s had someone right beside him cheering him on from day one, not that he always knew it.
His now wife, Daria Medvedeva first came across the future tennis star in the most unlikely of ways—and yes, it involved tennis.
Here, we look back at how the pair’s romance blossomed through the years.
Who is Daria Medvedeva, Daniil Medvedev’s wife?
Daria Medvedeva is a Russian-born model. According to various online outlets, she studied journalism at Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Interestingly, Daria was also a tennis player like her now-husband. She played throghhout her teenage years and was touted to go professional before an injury left her unable to continue pursuing the sport.
Daniil has previously said his wife’s knowledge of the game was incredibly important to him, telling media: “It’s great that she understands tennis… Perhaps it’s not easy to get used to it when you don’t understand anything in tennis. It helped me to become better as a person and a player.”
How did they meet?
Surprise, surprise, Daria and Daniil met through tennis! Daria was just 12 years old when she came across Daniil while she and her team were dining at a cafe near the local tennis courts.
There, Daria heard a racket being thrown, she explained in a rare interview with Tatler Russia.
“My mom asks what’s going on.” Daria explained, adding that they were told, “‘It’s Medvedev playing. You don’t know him?’ We went to watch him.”
The subsequent match went for three and a half hours, “He used to fight till the end, he was prepared to do anything on court, no matter how ugly his game may look, in order to win. In this sense, he hasn’t changed at all,” Daria said of the man who became her husband.
Both were very young at the time of that fateful meeting—but several years later they began dating in 2014.
In 2017, they moved to Monte Carlo, Monaco, which is where they continue to reside to this day.
In 2018, Daniil and Daria married in a low-key private ceremony shortly before the Russian athlete payed in the September Davis Cup.
In 2021, Daniil made a rare statement about his wife on their anniversary just after he won the US Open—his first career Grand Slam title.
“It’s the third anniversary for me and my wife. During the tournament, I couldn’t think of a present. So when I went in the final, I thought, ‘I need to find a present fast.'”
He added: “When I won, the only thing I thought, if I lose I have no time to have a present. So I have to win this match. I love you, Dasha,” Medvedev said.
A year later, were given a present of their own when they welcomed their first child into the world on October 14th 2022. Daniil announced his daughter’s arrival via a sweet Instagram post that read “Welcome to the world baby girl,” alongside a cute picture of the newborn.
While the couple has kept their daughter’s first few months relatively private, they recently started sharing more pictures of their sweet daughter to Instagram.
We’re secretly hoping for a glimpse of the little one at Wimbledon, as well.