Regarded as the top sporting event in the world, the Olympics are eagerly awaited by the topmost athletes of the world. However, the coronavirus pandemic has ruined the plans of many highly-rated sports personalities who were all set to feature in the marquee event.
Moreover, many big names decided to keep themselves away from the action at Tokyo due to injuries. Joining the league of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and many more, Italian sensation Matteo Berrettini has also decided to withdraw from the Olympics this year.
‘It is devastating to miss the Olympics’: Matteo Berrettini
Berrettini has played exceptionally this season. He made his way into his first-ever Grand Slam final at Wimbledon 2021. However, his dream run was halted by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Berrettini took to Instagram to announce that he won’t be able to feature in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
He claimed that because of the thigh injury he sustained during Wimbledon, he is compelled to miss the action for the next couple of weeks. “I had an MRI scan yesterday on the thigh injury I sustained during Wimbledon and was informed I will not be able to compete for a couple of weeks,” he wrote.
Matteo went on to say that representing his country is the biggest honour for him and he is incredibly disappointed and devastated to miss out on the chance. He went on to wish his team all the best for the upcoming challenges. “I wish the entire Italian team the best of luck in Tokyo. I will be supporting you all the way,” he added.
Tennis fans across the globe are disappointed after Matteo’s withdrawal. To add to the misery, several tennis stars like Dan Evans and Coco Gauff have been compelled to withdraw from the Olympics after they tested positive for the deadly virus.
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