Matteo Berrettini withdraws from three ATP Masters 1000 events | Tennis News
Matteo Berrettini recovering from ‘minor surgery’ on his hand; Berrettini called his decision to step down from Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome ‘difficult’ but crucial to ensuring his career’s longevity
Last update: 22/04/07 23:18
Matteo Berrettini will miss the next three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments as he recovers from surgery.
Last week, the 25-year-old Italian underwent ‘minor surgery’ on his right hand last week and shared more details of his recovery schedule on Thursday.
“Following the advice of medical experts, my team and I have decided that it is crucial that I do not put pressure on my recovery process,” Berrettini said.
“So we have decided to pull me out of the tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome to make sure I give myself the time I need to get back to my highest level.
“Withdrawing from these events, especially from Rome, was an extremely difficult decision, but it is the right one to ensure many more years of competition at the highest level for the biggest trophies.
“Thank you so much for all the support. My recovery process is on track and I look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon.”
Berrettini reached the final at Wimbledon last year, losing to Novak Djokovic, and the Australian Open semi-finals in January.
Berrettini also reached his first Masters 1000 final last year, losing to Alexander Zverev at the Madrid Open.
The furthest Berrettini has gone at the Italian Open is the quarter-final stage in 2020. The Italian Open in Rome ends a week before the start of the French Open on May 22 in Paris.