Matteo Berrettini calls Wimbledon ‘absurd and cursed’ after being ‘forced’ to withdraw from the Championships
Matteo Berrettini is an Italian professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 6 in singles by ATP which he achieved in January 2022. Berrettini has won seven ATP Tour singles titles and produced his best major performance by reaching the final of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. He has also reached the quarterfinals or better at all four majors.
Berrettini is currently playing in the Swiss Open, where he has advanced to the round of 16 and is set to play against Richard Gasquet of France. 15th-ranked Berrettini is also playing in the men’s doubles category with his brother, Jacopo Berrettini and they are up against their own country’s pair of Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori.
Matteo Berrettini lets out his anger after being forced to pull out of Wimbledon this year
The Italian was among the top favourites for the Wimbledon title after he skipped the French Open due to an injury but then tested positive for COVID-19 on the day of his first-round match versus Cristian Garin, and he was forced to withdraw his name back from the championships. The Italian thought that after missing out on both of the grand slams he thought as if he was cursed or something.
the world No 15 has now opened up on what it was like to lose his shot at the title, admitting the timing of the positive test felt like a “curse”. “It was absurd,” the 26-year-old told a group of Italian reporters.
He also said, “In the meantime, I expect to be able to play them from the next tournaments. I have a lot of motivation, competitive anger for what has been a bit taken away from me this season,” he continued. “The season is still long, Turin remains a target for many reasons. I feel I belong to that level, despite everything I am still in the race and I want to do my best to get there.”
Berrettini hasn’t played really much this year as he has appeared in just six tournaments over the first seven months of the season. The positive thing about skipping Wimbledon was that Berrettini had some extra time off and now he is well-rested going into the Masters events in Montreal and Cincinnati.
Still, Berrettini is the 12th player on the Race to Turin list and he definitely has a shot at reaching the ATP Finals. The prestigious season-ending tournament has been relocated from London to Turin and Berrettini has made it clear he wants to be there every year.
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