Injury forces Matteo Berrettini to withdraw late from Miami Masters

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Injury forces Matteo Berrettini to withdraw late from Miami Masters

Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini was hoping he would be able to play the Miami Masters but ultimately decided against playing at the second Masters event of the season. Berrettini, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.

6 in the world, pulled out of Miami on Thursday night due to a right hand injury. Berrettini, 25, was scheduled to make his second appearance in Miami this year. Berrettini tried to sneak into the Miami main draw in 2018 but back then lost to Filip Peliwo in the qualifying first round.

However, Berrettini made his Miami debut a year later but didn't impress as he was beaten by Hubert Hurkacz in the first round.

Berrettini turns his focus to the clay season

The Monte Carlo Masters starts on April 10 and Berrettini is certainly hoping to be ready for the tournament.

Berrettini has been struggling with his consistency this year as he hasn't played that well since reaching the Australian Open semifinal. Still, Berrettini managed to reach his career-high ranking of No. 6 in the world.

In a recent interview, Berrettini revealed his goal as a player is to inspire kids. Berrettini is now one of the most popular Italian athletes. "One of the reasons why I am playing tennis is to inspire kids," Berrettini told Forbes.

"I think it is something really cool, something really special. I remember when I was a kid, I was looking at the guys who were older than me and when I see the kids' eyes, they are the same eyes I used to have when I wanted to know the guys, meet the guys and ask questions.

It is really cool to be one of those guys. It gives me a lot of energy, and when I have the chance (to meet kids) and I like to do it." It remains to be seen if Berrettini will be ready for the Monte Carlo Masters.