Matteo Berrettini confirms his ATP Finals exit due to injury
After retiring from his first match against Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini was unsure if he could continue at the ATP Finals. Now, the Italian’s exit has been confirmed as his abdominal injury is too significant for him to play with.
In the first round-robin match, Berrettini was playing well against Zverev but his history of ab injuries flared up again. It was the Italian’s return to the ATP Finals after missing out on playing in the 2020 event. Back in 2019, Berrettini played in his first ATP Finals so 2021 was supposed to be a big return for him especially since it is being held in Turin.
Sadly, the injury he sustained back in February 2021 in Australia came back as well. Earlier in 2021, he was sidelined for two months which was a bad sign when he went down again in the match against Zverev. He tried to push through during the timeout but the doctors were wise enough to force him to retire from the match.
After the match, he was disappointed that he couldn’t play in Turin. He was ecstatic because he was playing in front of a home crowd but it was not meant to be. Hopefully, Berrettini's ailment can be cured as soon as possible. That is unlikely because that area of the body is known to recover slowly but it is possible for an elite athlete.
He announced his exit on his Instagram page and it’s obvious that he is distraught about what happened. He wanted to perform but his body couldn’t keep up with what he wanted to do on the court.
He said, ‘I thought, thought, cried and finally decided. My finals end here, I am destroyed, I never thought I would have to give up the most important tennis event ever held in Italy in this way. The truth is that as much as I wanted to play in front of you once again, I felt and therefore decided that my body is not ready to face the challenges that lie ahead’.
The 25-year-old is in a rough state at the moment and hopefully, the injury is not worse than before because he will have obstacles to overcome.
Words: Cholo Martin