Matteo Berrettini out of Wimbledon due to positive Covid-19 test





Last year’s men’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini has withdrawn from Wimbledon after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Italian, one of the favorites for the men’s singles title, said he was “heartbroken”.

“I’ve been having flu symptoms and self-isolating for the past few days. Although the symptoms are not severe, I have decided it is important to have another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament,” wrote the 26-year-old on Instagram.

“I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel,” added Berrettini, who was due to play his opener on Tuesday.

“The dream is over for this year, but I will come back stronger.”

Berrettini, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, was once again seen as a top contender this year after winning back-to-back titles on grass, at Stuttgart and Queen’s Club respectively, in preparing for Wimbledon.

Wimbledon offered its condolences to the eighth seed, writing: “We will miss you, Matteo – come back stronger in 2023.”


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