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Wimbledon: positive for covid, Matteo Berrettini withdraws

Thunderbolt in the men’s table of Wimbledon amputated from one of his suitors even before his scheduled entry into contention on Tuesday. The No. 11 seed, Italian Matteo Berrettini, finalist last year after taking out Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer, was forced to forfeit after testing positive for Covid-19.

“It is with a broken heart that I announce that I have to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a positive test for covid-19, wrote on Instagram the 26-year-old player. I had flu symptoms and have been in isolation for the past few days. Although the symptoms are not severe, I have decided it is important to have 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 come back stronger. Thank you for your support. »

The Italian, placed this year in the table part of Rafael Nadal, created a sensation last year by reaching the final of the illustrious grass event. He then failed on Novak Djokovic, the Serb winning his 20th Slam title at the same time. Berrettini, winner of two back-to-back tournaments on grass in June (Stuttgart and Queen’s), confirmed that he did not reach the London Major final in 2021 by chance.

After the Croatian Marin Cilic (semi-finalist at Roland-Garros), Monday, another favorite is therefore affected by the covid. The question now is whether Novak Djokovic, who trained with Cilic on June 23, respected the barrier gestures…

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