Tennis-Medvedev still swinging on grass in golf game with Schweinsteiger

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP 500 - Halle Open - Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany - June 19, 2022 Russia's Daniil Medvedev in action during his final match against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

LONDON (Reuters) - Daniil Medvedev may be banned from Wimbledon but the world number one was still swinging on grass as he swapped his tennis racket for a golf club on Monday and a game against former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Russian Medvedev is missing the grasscourt Grand Slam after organisers banned players from his country and Belarus because of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, but while Wimbledon dealt with familiar rain delays, Medvedev was soaking up the sun.

"Can't leave grass," the 26-year-old captioned an image on Instagram of him preparing to strike a golf ball at an unknown location. "Fun day with @bastianschweinsteiger."

Schweinsteiger joked that he was preparing Medvedev to become the world's top-ranked golfer.

"Not bad for the first time on the golf course, but next time I will bring more golf balls and tees," he said.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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