World number seven Matteo Berrettini decided to withdraw from Rolex Paris Masters due to stiffness in the neck, the Italian player announced through social media Saturday.
Matteo Berrettini’s statement reads: “I have had some stiffness in my neck over the last few days so have decided to withdraw from Paris Bercy. I would like to make sure I am 100% ready to compete in Torino for the ATP Finals. Thanks for all the support, and see you in Turin.”
The 25-year-old is pulling off from the ATP Masters 1000 tournament as a precaution, looking to be in form to make a second appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 14-21 November.
On Monday, the Italian became the sixth player to secure a place in the season-ending event, which features the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams.
Speaking about the Finals, he said: “Here I am about to play my second (Nitto ATP) Finals, and I can’t believe it. I really cannot describe how happy I am. I hope the country is really proud of me.”
BERRETINI’S SEASON IN REVIEW
The third seed hit the court in Vienna Friday to play his quarter-final match against Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost 1-6, 7-6(2), 6(5)-7.
In September, the five-time ATP titlist debuted at the Laver Cup as part of Team Europe, coached by living legend Bjorn Borg, helping to capture the title as the team dominated the event, recording a 14-1 triumph against Team World.
In addition, the Roman native made headlines reaching the quarter-finals at two of the four majors of the season, the U.S. Open and Roland-Garros, falling on both occasions to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
In between the two Grand Slams, Berrettini claimed one of the two ATP titles he earned this season, the Cinch Championships in London, defeating local favorite Cameron Norrie.
Previously, he had lifted the trophy in Belgrade, crowned champion at the Serbia Open, after moving past third seed Aslan Karatsev in the championship match.
Moreover, he made it through the final at Wimbledon Championships, halted one more time by the exceptional tennis displayed by Djokovic.
Early in May, he advanced to the Mutua Madrid Open final, where Alexander Zverev imposed his game, outlasting the Italian in three sets.
In February, Berrettini defended his country as part of Team Italy in the ATP Cup, reaching the finals for the first time; Team Russia, led by Medvedev, denied the Italian squad a maiden title in the team’s competition.
To seal a great season, he qualified into the Nitto ATP Finals that will be staged for the first time at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy.