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Matteo Berrettini’s Positive Corona-Test

AMarin Cilic was the first to sign off; on Monday the Croatian announced that he had tested positive. This Tuesday, the next one followed, and its retreat made far bigger waves. Last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini, who recently won the lawn tournaments in Stuttgart and Queens in succession, led the line of challengers for Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

“I have no words to describe how extremely disappointed I am,” the Italian shared on social media. “For this year the dream is over but I will come back stronger.”

Corona situation in Wimbledon worsens

The latest corona cases in tennis fit into the picture of the increasing number of infections worldwide. Andrea Petkovic also knows what we’re talking about. For two and a half years she had come through without any complaints, but that was over after the French Open.

She was really ill for three days, reported the Darmstadt native after her defeat in the first round against Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland (4: 6, 3: 6), for another five days she was pretty flat, no thought of playing tennis during this time . Paris was the first tournament where she wasn’t strict with herself and didn’t wear a mask on the facility, and it happened right away. She is now doing well again, but she is convinced that the return to wearing masks in closed rooms is also the best measure for tennis.

In the defeat against Golubic she played well and very committed at times, but overall she was too changeable to endanger the skilful Swiss player. She felt a pain in her right elbow on one of the last serves, but she said it wasn’t that.

The young German qualifier Nastasja Schunk, who had reached the junior final at Wimbledon last year, also lost at the beginning of the second day. Meanwhile, Tatjana Maria reached the next round. The 34-year-old defeated the Australian qualifier Astra Sharma 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4.

At the end of the first day, Angelique Kerber had won a game (6:0, 7:5), the two halves of which didn’t really fit together – the first in just 17 minutes with many, many mistakes by opponent Kristina Mladenovic, the second with one visible increase of the French and a portion of uncertainty at Kerber. She said afterwards that it had been a tricky game and was happy to be able to tick off the first round.

It continues this Wednesday against the Pole Magda Linette. Meanwhile, Poland’s best player, who has also been the world’s best player for weeks, keeps winning; on Tuesday, Iga Swiatek allowed himself the 36th win in a row since mid-February. Two more and the longest winning streak in women’s tennis in the 21st century is complete.

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