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2021 Runner-Up Berrettini Out Of Wimbledon With COVID-19

2021 Runner-Up Berrettini Out Of Wimbledon With COVID-19

2021 Runner-Up Berrettini Out Of Wimbledon With COVID-19

2021 Runner-Up Berrettini Out Of Wimbledon With COVID-19

Italian Matteo Berrettini, who finished second at Wimbledon in 2021 and was the tournament’s favorite this year, withdrew on Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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“I am heartbroken to announce that I need to withdraw from @wimbledon due to a positive COVID-19 test result,” the 26-year-old Italian wrote on Instagram.

With back-to-back grass-court victories at Queen’s and Stuttgart, Berrettini was widely viewed as one of the biggest challengers to defending champion Novak Djokovic at the All England Club.

He is the second person to withdraw from Wimbledon with COVID-19 in two days, following the Croatian Marin Cilic, who finished second in 2017.

Berrettini said in his statement, “I have had flu symptoms and have been isolating the last few days.

2021 Runner-Up Berrettini Out Of Wimbledon With COVID-19

“Despite symptoms not being severe, I decided it was important to take another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament.

“I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel. The dream is over for this year, but I will be back stronger.”

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Berrettini was a potential semi-final opponent of two-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Instead, his place in the Wimbledon first round will be taken by Sweden’s Elias Ymer, a lucky loser from qualifying.

Ymer will face Chile’s Christian Garin later Tuesday in the first round.


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