WIMBLEDON, England — Matteo Berrettini, the runner-up at Wimbledon 2021, has withdrawn from the grass court Grand Slam tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.
The All England Club announced Berrettini’s retirement and he posted about it on Instagram, saying he was “heartbroken” at having to retire.
“Although the symptoms were not severe, I decided it was important to take another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament,” he wrote. “I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel. The dream is over for this year but I will come back stronger.”
The eighth-seeded Italian was scheduled to face Cristian Garín in the first round on Tuesday.
Berrettini is replaced in the field by Elias Ymer, who lost in qualifying.
On Monday, Marin Cilic was also forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34159828/matteo-berrettini-2021-runner-withdraws-wimbledon-positive-covid-19-test Matteo Berrettini, 2021 runner-up, withdraws from Wimbledon after positive COVID-19 test