Matteo Berrettini announces forfeit in Vienna… and more

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Wimbledon 2021 finalist announces forfeit in Vienna

Through a post on his Instagram profile, Matteo Berrettini announced that he will not participate in the ATP 500 tournament in Vienna due to the left foot injury he sustained in the semifinals in Naples against American McDonald. With this renunciation, the Roman tennis player also gives up, almost completely, any hope of participating in the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, scheduled for Nov. 13-20.

In the first part of the message Berrettini talked about the week in Naples, which ended with his defeat in the final, suffered by compatriot Lorenzo Musetti: “Congratulations to my good friend Lorenzo Musetti for the title in Naples. And thanks to all the fans for the incredible support throughout the week.”

The 2021 Wimbledon finalist then announced, “Following multiple evaluations by medical experts on my left foot, I have been informed that I will not be able to compete at the ‘Erste Bank Open’ in Vienna. I will do everything possible to be ready to compete in Paris-Bercy.”

Matteo Berrettini, nicknamed “The Hammer” on the ATP circuit because of the power of his serve and forehand strokes, decided to go all in on tennis thanks to the valuable advice of his younger brother Jacopo, also a professional tennis player. Since the age of 14 he has been training with Vincenzo Santopadre, who is still his current coach. Berrettini is considered the best Italian player ever on grass, being the only one to have reached the Wimbledon final in 2021. He also boasts the second-best ranking ever for an Italian tennis player, having reached the No. 6 position in the ATP rankings in January 2022.

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