LONDON—-Eighth seed Matteo Berrettini, runner-up finally 12 months’s Wimbledon, turned the second prime participant to tug out of the Championships after testing constructive for COVID-19.
The 26-year-old Italian, who misplaced to Novak Djokovic within the 2021 remaining, withdrew from this 12 months’s grasscourt Grand Slam on Tuesday because of the coronavirus a day after Croatian Marin Cilic, the 2017 runner-up, was pressured to tug out.
“I’m heartbroken to announce that I have to withdraw from @wimbledon attributable to a constructive COVID-19 check outcome,” Berrettini stated on Instagram hours earlier than his first-round match in opposition to Chile’s Cristian Garin.
“I’ve had flu signs and been isolating the previous couple of days. Regardless of signs not being extreme, I made a decision it was vital to take one other check this morning to guard the well being and security of my fellow opponents and everybody else concerned within the match.”
Berrettini was seen as a number one contender to win this 12 months’s match after he claimed back-to-back titles in tuneup occasions on grass at Stuttgart and Queen’s Membership.
“I’ve no phrases to explain the intense disappointment I really feel,” the Italian added. “The dream is over for this 12 months, however I can be again stronger.”
Sweden’s Elias Ymer changed Berrettini within the males’s draw, organizers stated.
The pandemic pressured organizers to cancel the 2020 Wimbledon match however no COVID-19 restrictions are in place this 12 months and vaccination shouldn’t be necessary for gamers to take part.
The All England Membership has additionally welcomed again full capability crowds.
“As a significant occasion now we have and proceed to work together with the UK Public Well being Safety Company and our Native Authority,” a membership spokesperson stated in a press release.
“We’ve got maintained enhanced cleansing and hand sanitising operations, and provide full medical help for anybody feeling unwell. We’re following UK steering round evaluation and isolation of any potential infectious illness.
“Our participant medical workforce additionally proceed to put on face masks for any session.”
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