Berrettini Out of Wimbledon as Coronavirus Enters the Draw

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England’s Wimbledon The Wimbledon runner-up from the previous year, Matteo Berrettini, withdrew from the grass-court Grand Slam competition on Tuesday, claiming that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

When Berrettini withdrew, the All England Club made the announcement, and he posted about it on Instagram, stating he was “heartbroken” and had been withdrawing “the last few days” due to flu-like symptoms.

He joins Marin Cilic, a finalist at Wimbledon in 2017 and the 2014 U.S. Open champion, in withdrawing from the draw during the first two days due to the coronavirus sickness.

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Wimbledon has returned to normal in every aspect, with no mask-wearing restriction, full crowds, and the fabled Queue back in action, after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, then building up a bubble-type atmosphere and restricting attendance in 2021 to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In his post, Berrettini included a black-and-white image of him hitting a serve at Wimbledon and stated, “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 competition.”

He stated, “I have no words to express the profound disappointment I feel. For this year, the dream is over, but I’ll come back stronger.

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The eighth-seeded Italian practiced on Centre Court with Rafael Nadal last week and ran into Novak Djokovic there as well.

Cristian Garin, who is rated 44th, was slated to be Berrettini’s opponent in the opening round on Tuesday. Elias Ymer, who finished last in qualifying but will now face Garin, was brought in to fill Berrettini’s spot on the field.

In addition to reaching his first Grand Slam final at the All England Club last year before falling to Djokovic, Berrettini was viewed as a title candidate for Wimbledon due to his recent success on grass.

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“He is unquestionably [one of] the best two or three players in the world on grass over the past three years, to be precise. His performance is evidence of that, “Djokovic made a comment regarding Berrettini on Monday. “This is probably his preferred surface. It is the best surface for his particular game. As a result, there are high hopes for him to succeed in this competition.”

The 26-year-old Berrettini, who relies on powerful serves and forehands, won two practice matches on hard courts this month, going 9-0 at Queen’s Club in London and Stuttgart, Germany.

He had been out of action since March due to surgery on his right hand, but he was able to play again in that way.

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Overall, he has a 32-3 record on grass since the year began. Two of the three defeats came at the hands of eight-time champion Roger Federer and six-time Wimbledon victor Novak Djokovic.

Danka Kovinic withdrew from the event on Tuesday due to a lower-back ailment, which caused another participant to exit. Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove, who will take on Sonay Kartal, took her spot on the pitch.

A medical examination of Grigor Dimitrov’s leg resulted to his withdrawal from his Wimbledon first-round match against American opponent Steve Johnson, who has advanced to the semifinals of three Grand Slam tournaments.

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The 18th-seeded Dimitrov, who was behind 5-2 in the second set after taking the first 6-4, stopped competing on No. 2 Court. He is a 31-year-old Bulgarian.

In 2014, Dimitrov advanced to the All England Club’s semifinal round.

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