The killing continues before the Olympics for the tennis tournament. This Sunday, it is the turn of Matteo Berrettini, 8th player in the world, to give up less than a week from the start of the competition due to a muscle injury.
The 2021 Olympic Games tennis tournament will definitely have a funny flavor. After Thiem, Nadal, Federer and Shapovalov, he is a fifth member of the top 10 to have to forfeit. Matteo Berrettini will not travel to Tokyo after contracting a muscle injury, announces the Italian Olympic Committee.
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The number 8 in the ATP rankings contracted the injury during the Wimbledon tournament, where he made history as the first Italian to reach a Grand Slam final, beaten by Novak Djokovic in four sets. With the absence of the Italian, the road clears for the world number 1, in search of the Golden Slam after his successes at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Nadal and Thiem focus on US Open
But what appeals is the number of forfeits in the men’s table. The first to announce his withdrawal, Rafael Nadal prefers to listen to his body. The 2008 Olympic champion had also withdrawn from Wimbledon. “It was not an easy decision to make but, after listening to my body and talking to my team, I think it is the right decision”, explained the Spaniard on social media. The former world number 1 will return to the courts on August 2 at the Washington tournament, before looking at the US Open, scheduled for August 30 to September 12.
A decision also taken by Dominic Thiem, holder of the title of the American major. The Austrian tennis player “does [s]I don’t feel able to be at [s]one best level in Tokyo “is hoping to represent his country at the Olympic Games in Paris. The health crisis is also a brake on the presence of athletes in Japan. In addition to Denis Shapovalov, Roberto Bautista Agut has confirmed that he will not do the trip to Tokyo due to the pandemic. Another remarkable package, and not the least, that of Roger Federer. In delicacy with his knee, the Swiss undoubtedly said goodbye to his dream of a gold medal. grass season, I unfortunately had a setback with my knee and I have to withdraw from Tokyo. I am very disappointed because it has always been an honor to represent Switzerland, “Federer said on Twitter.
A massacre that can also be read on the women’s table, where Simona Halep cannot claim the Olympic title due to a calf injury. Triple Olympic champion in doubles (2008, 2012, 2016) and gold medalist in singles in 2012, Serena Williams will not be in the game either, as will Victoria Azarenka and Angeline Kerber, silver medalist in Rio. The succession of Andy Murray and Monica Puig, also forfeited, is more open than ever.