Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini, the last finalist at Wimbledon, will not participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games, an appointment that will begin next Friday, due to a muscle discomfort, the Italian Olympic Committee confirmed this Sunday through a statement.
The absence of the Roman, 25 years old and currently number 8 in the world, He responds to an ailment in his right calf, which he has dragged from the competition developed on the London lawn and from which he has not yet been able to recover.
“I am extremely disappointed to announce my withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics. Yesterday I had an MRI on the injury that originated in Wimbledon and was informed that I will not be able to compete for the next few weeks. Representing Italy is one of the biggest honors for me, so it is devastating to miss the Games. I wish the best of luck in Tokyo to the entire Italian team. I will be supporting them throughout the championship, “he said on his social networks.
It is worth clarifying that the low of the right-hander of 196 centimeters, five times champion at the ATP level, She is not the only one among the members of the Top TenBecause the Spanish Rafael Nadal (3rd), the Austrian Dominic Thiem (6th), the Swiss Roger Federer (9th) and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (10th) had previously announced their absence for different reasons.
Berrettini cannot be replaced, because the International Tennis Federation (ITF) does not admit substitutions as of July 16. In this way, the azurro team will be made up of Lorenzo Sonego (26th), Fabio Fognini (31st) and Lorenzo Musetti (62nd).