‘It is crucial’ – Matteo Berrettini to skip all clay Masters events as he extends recovery
Matteo Berrettini has announced that he will miss all three of the Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome Masters in order to fully recover from hand surgery.
The world number six revealed he had undergone surgery late in March after withdrawing late from the Miami Open.
While he was scheduled to play the Monte Carlo Masters beginning 10th April, the Italian will now not compete at that event or the following two Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome.
He shared on Instagram: “Following advice from the medical experts, my team and I have decided that it is crucial I do not put time pressure on my recovery process.
“We have therefore decided I should withdraw from the Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome tournaments to ensure I give myself the proper amount of time to return at my highest level.
He added that, as an Italian, withdrawing from Rome was a particularly tough decision, but that it is the right choice for the long term.
Berrettini ended the post: “Thanks very much for all the support, my recovery process is on track and I look forward to seeing you on-court soon.”
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Despite exiting early at Monte Carlo last year, Berrettini went on to have a strong clay season in 2021 by winning the Serbia Open and reaching his first Masters 1000 final at the Madrid Masters.
He then reached the last 16 of Rome and the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets there.
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