WIMBLEDON, England — Matteo Berrettini, a finalist at Wimbledon final yr, withdrew from this yr’s event on Tuesday after testing constructive for the coronavirus.
Berrettini’s announcement of his withdrawal got here solely about two hours earlier than he was to take to the court docket for his first-round match in opposition to Cristian Garin.
Berrettini, who’s undefeated on grass courts this season and seeded No. 8 at Wimbledon, was one of many main contenders for the boys’s singles title. His withdrawal got here in the future after one other participant, Marin Cilic, the No. 14 seed from Croatia and a 2017 Wimbledon finalist, additionally withdrew after testing constructive.
The twin withdrawal raised the prospect of an outbreak among the many participant group at Wimbledon, which is already lacking a number of stars due to damage and the event’s ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers.
The ban means the world’s No. 1-ranked males’s participant, Daniil Medvedev of Russia, is blocked from competing. The world No. 2 Alexander Zverev is out for an prolonged interval after tearing ligaments in his proper ankle on the French Open earlier this month.
Berrettini, a strapping 6-foot-6 Italian, missed a number of months of motion earlier this season due to surgical procedure on his proper hand, his major taking part in hand. However he returned for the grass-court season earlier this month and gained consecutive titles in Stuttgart and at Queen’s Membership.
“I’m heartbroken,” Berrettini mentioned in a publish on his Instagram account asserting his withdrawal. “I’ve had flu signs and been isolating the previous couple of days. Regardless of signs not being extreme, I made a decision it was necessary to take one other take a look at this morning to guard the well being and security of my fellow rivals and everybody else concerned within the event.
“I’ve no phrases to explain the acute disappointment I really feel. The dream is over for this yr, however I will probably be again stronger.”