Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini recently scripted history. He defeated British tennis star Cameron Norrie in the final of the Queen’s Club 2021. Current World No. 9 Matteo had dropped just a single set coming into the final of the coveted tournament.
He went past Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur in the semi-final clash without much hassle and won the contest in straight sets. He carried his form in the finals as well and despite dropping the first set, Matteo ended up winning the all-important final by 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
Who are Matteo Berrettini’s Parents?
Matteo Berrettini was born on April 12, 1996, in Rome to parents Luca Berrettini and Claudia Bigo. Tennis seems to run in the family as Matteo Berrettini’s younger brother, Jacopo, is also a tennis player. Matteo has been coached by Vincenzo Santopadre, Marco Gulisano, and Umberto Rianna.
Matteo is proud of his diversified family heritage. Lucia Fogaça, his maternal grandmother is a Brazilian and his paternal grandfather is from Florence, Italy. Matteo is well versed in Italian, English, and Spanish. He made his ATP main draw debut at the Italian Open back in 2017.
Matteo Berrettini’s Early Life
The tennis star spent his childhood in Rome, Italy, alongside his brother Jacopo Berrettini, who has also made a name for himself in professional tennis. Matteo’s parents Luca and Claudia gifted him a tennis racket when he was just three years old.
Matteo belongs to a family of tennis frenetics. However, Berrettini himself was not in love with tennis in his initial days. The athlete was more interested in swimming and judo but shifted towards tennis after his brother, Jacopo asked him to give tennis a chance.
Jacopo made his ATP main draw debut at the 2021 Sardegna Open in the doubles draw, partnering with his older brother Matteo. The pair received a wildcard into the doubles main draw and reached the semifinals where they were beaten by Simone Bolelli and Andres Molteni.
In 2019, Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian player to qualify for the ATP Finals since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978. After thrashing Dominic Thiem, he also became the first player from his country to win an ATP Finals match.