Matteo Berrettini forehand

Players to watch in 2020/21: Matteo Berrettini

If the tennis tour does return in 2020 or early 2021 then who are the players to watch out for? Which youngsters could make the biggest impact. Here tennishead picks a player who could make a real impact: Matteo Berrettini


After his stunning progress in 2019, Matteo Berrettini will look forward with great optimism to 2020. The 23-year-old Italian qualified for the year-end Nitto ATP Finals with a great late run and showed that he is a player to be feared on all surfaces. Berrettini won titles on clay and grass, in Budapest and Stuttgart, and enjoyed his best run in a Grand Slam tournament when he reached the semi-finals on the US Open’s hard courts.


Matteo Berrettini smiles Wimbledon


Matteo Berrettini career statistics

Matteo Berrettini career stats

Matteo Berrettini personal profile

  • Nickname is Mat.
  • Began playing tennis at age 4.
  • Speaks Italian, English, and Spanish.
  • Father, Luca; mother, Claudia; brother, Jacopo, also plays tennis.
  • Also competed in swimming, football and judo as a child.
  • At age 8, younger brother asked him to play more tennis and that’s what inspired him to pursue a tennis career.
  • Favourite surface is hard, shot is forehand and tournament is ATP Masters 1000 Rome.
  • Tennis idols were Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
  • Dream opponent is John McEnroe.
  • Named 2019 ATP Most Improved Player of the Year.
  • Fan of the NBA, LeBron James and AC Fiorentina.
  • Considers himself a good football and basketball player.
  • Favourite movie is Interstellar, TV show is Breaking Bad, actor is Jason Statham and musician is Eminem.
  • Dream job is to be a biologist, working with animals.
  • Enjoys Italian food, but considers fast food his guilty pleasure.
  • Favourite school subject was history.
  • Supports ActionAid, a charity that fights against poverty and injustice.
  • Limited to 2 matches in 1st 2 months of 2020 due to hernia/groin injury.


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