“Extremely disappointed”: Matteo Berrettini withdraws from the Tokyo Olympics, sports news


Wimbledon 2021 finalist and Italian ace Matteo Berrettini has joined the elite list of stars who retired from the Tokyo Olympics with a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old used social media to share the news.

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“I am very disappointed to announce my withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics,” said the 25-year-old on Instagram.

“I had an MRI scan yesterday of the hamstring injury I sustained at Wimbledon and was told I would not be able to compete for a few weeks.”

The Italian National Olympic Committee said it was unable to find a replacement for Berrettini as the International Tennis Federation’s deadline for naming new athletes expired on Friday.

“Representing Italy is my greatest honor so missing out on the Olympics is devastating,” added Berrettini.

The tennis event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo has been hit by a number of high-profile cancellations in the past few days.

Some of the sport’s biggest names, including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep, have already announced their decision to skip the games, which have been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number 8 in the world rankings recently fought against Serbian ace Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon title, but lost the match.

(Input from the agency)