Tokyo Games: Matteo Berrettini has been ruled out of the Olympics due to injury.© AFP
Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini said Sunday was “devastated” when he was forced to leave the Tokyo Olympics injured as he also ruled out Francesco Molinari, the winner of the 2018 Italian Open. Berrettini, the world number eight, took on the muscle problem in London where he became the first Italian to reach the Wimbledon individual final, losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets. “Replacing Italy is a huge honor and I am devastated by the idea of not being able to play in the Olympics,” Berrettini said on Instagram.
“I had an MRI yesterday to check for a left leg injury during Wimbledon and the result was obviously not positive.
“In a few weeks I will not be able to compete and I will have to rest. I wish good luck to all Italian Athletes, I will help you from afar but from the bottom of my heart.”
The 25-year-old led a team from the Italian team Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Lorenzo Musetti, Sara Errani, Jasmine Paolini and Camila Giorgi.
Molinari, 38, also spoke in despair of losing the Games due to the 2016 Rio Games Zika virus.
“I’m trying to find the right words, but I can’t find them,” Molinari said on Twitter.
“I have a back problem that has hindered me throughout the season and now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country at the most important sporting event in the world.
“I will encourage Italian Athletes with the hope of being able to participate in the Olympics in the future.”
Molinari will be replaced by Renato Parator, confirmed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), who added that the Italian Tennis Federation does not accept player substitutions.
The Italian team in Tokyo would now make up 384 sports – 197 men and 187 women.
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