Matteo Berrettini withdraws from Wimbledon Championship. The Italian, one of the favourites for the title, has been replaced by Elias Ymer in main draw.
Matteo Berrettini, the 2021 finalist and one of the favourites for this year’ competition, has withdrawn from Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19.
“I am heartbroken to announce that I need to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a positive COVID-19 test result,” wrote the 26-year-old via Instagram.
“I have had flu symptoms and been isolating the last few days. Despite symptoms not being severe, I decided it was important to take another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament.
“I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel. The dream is over for this year, but I will be back stronger. Thank you for the support”
Fantastic grass season to date
Berrettini did not play for three months after undergoing hand surgery in late March. However, since returning to the tour for the start of the grass season he has been unstoppable.
He won the title at the BOSS OPEN in Stuttgart, defeating a resurgent Andy Murray. He then went on to retain his Cinch Championships crown at The Queen’s Club in London. As the first Italian to make a Wimbledon final, and his spectacular form, he was a strong contender for another final at SW19.
The Wimbledon tournament posted its own message of support for Berrettini via Twitter: “We’ll miss you, Matteo – come back stronger in 2023.”
Berrettini was replaced in the draw by Swede Elias Ymer who faced Cristian Garin in the first round. Unfortunately, the Lucky Loser’s luck ran out as he lost in straight sets.
Other Italians in the Wimbledon draw
Jannik Sinner scored a pair of firsts on Monday with his 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 first-round victory against Stan Wawrinka. The 20-year-old Italian earned his first win in his second Wimbledon main-draw appearance, which also doubled as his first tour-level victory on grass.
“It feels amazing, obviously,” Sinner said of his win on Court 2. “It took a little bit, but I’m happy to be in the second round here. Against Stan, it was a very tough match because he is an incredible champion and he showed it so many times. I wish him all the best to come back stronger.”
Seasoned campaigner Fabio Fognini was not as fortunate as sinner, losing in four sets to Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor. Qualifier Andrea Vavassori also lost in the first round, going down in three sets.
In the Ladies’ Tournament, 26-year-old Jasmine Paolini lost in the first round to no.25 seed Kvitova. Lucia Bronzetti joined her compatriot on the loser’s side of the net after a drubbing by American Li. In the all-Italian match, the no.22 seed Martina Trevisan lost in dramatic fashion, 6-2, 6-0 to 21-year-old Elisabetta Cocciaretto.