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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Berrettini withdraws from Wimbledon due to COVID-19

Wimbledon, England ( Associated Press) – Last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini withdrew from the Wimbledon tournament on Tuesday, hours before his debut against Chilean Cristian Garin, after a COVID-19 test he tested positive.

So instead of facing world number eight, grass court specialist Garin will debut against Swedish Mikel Yammer.

The All England Club made the announcement, saying that the Italian was “devastated” by the news. The tennis player, for her part, said on Instagram that she has been in isolation “for a few days” and had symptoms similar to those of a cold.

He is the second poster player to retire in the last two days due to Corona virus. Earlier this was done by 2014 US Open champion and 2017 Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic.

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Overall, five of the top 11 players in the world rankings are absent or omitted, with the top two being Daniil Medvedev (excluded because he is Russian) and Alexander Zverev (an ankle injury). Neither are Andrey Rublev (eighth to be Russian) and Hubert Harkaz (10th, lost on Monday).

“I don’t have words to describe the disappointment I feel,” Berrettini said in his post. “This year’s dream has come true. But I will come back stronger.”

Berrettini, seeded eighth and losing to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, was a contender for the title due to his record and his good performance in the grass-court tournament. He had just recently won one in Stuttgart and at the Queen’s Club in London.

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His mark on the grass is 32-3 since the start of 2019.

“He has been one of the two or three best players in the world on grass over the last three years. The results speak for themselves,” said Djokovic. “It is his best surface and his men expected him to go far.”

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