Matteo Berrettini Withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Matteo Berrettini Withdraws from Tokyo Olympics Photo: TT
Matteo Berrettini during the men's final match against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. London, July 12, 2021. Photo Credit: CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/Shutterstock.

Wimbledon finalist Berrettini announced his retirement from the Olympic Games due to a thigh injury.

The news came as Matteo Berrettini wrote on Instagram: “I am extremely sorry to announce my withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics.

Yesterday, I underwent an MRI to check the injury to my left leg that I got during Wimbledon, and the outcome was not positive.

I will not be able to compete for a few weeks and will have to rest.”

Adding: “Representing Italy is the biggest honor for me, so it is devastating to miss the Olympics.

I wish all the Italian athletes the best of luck in Tokyo. I will support you from afar but with all my heart.”

World No. 8 sustained a thigh injury while contesting the semi-finals match last July against Hubert Hurkacz at The Championships.

He outlasted the Polish player in four sets 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 after two hours and a half.

Less than 48 hours later, the Italian hit the Center Court to play his maiden Grand Slam final against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic - which he lost after three hours and 23 minutes, battling hard while displaying great tennis.

At the time, the injury required strapping, and as revealed now by the Roman tennis player, it will take some time to heal.

Ahead of his appearance at the third Grand Slam of the season, where he became the first Italian player in history to reach the Wimbledon singles final, the 25-year-old captured his fifth ATP title at the Queen’s Club Championships in London.

Last week, Berrettini confirmed his presence at the Laver Cup, to take place in Boston at the TD Garden from September 24-26.

The 2021 Serbia Open champion will team up with former world No. 1 Roger Federer, US Open defending champion Dominic Thiem, and captain Bjorn Borg, representing Team Europe.

Matteo has had an incredible run, not only on the grass courts this summer, but really since the start of the year when he helped Italy reach the final of the ATP Cup in Melbourne and then reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals at Roland Garros,” said Borg.

He is a great addition to our team, and I have no doubt he will relish the unique experience that Laver Cup provides as he teams up alongside his year-round rivals.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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