Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini has announced his withdrawal from the Masters events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome. Berrettini, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 6 in the world, underwent a right hand surgery last week.
"UPDATE – following advice from the medical experts, my team and I have decided that it is crucial I do not put time pressure on my recovery process. We have therefore decided I should withdraw from the Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome tournaments to ensure I give myself the proper amount of time to return at my highest level.
Withdrawing from these events, particularly Rome, was an extremely tough decision, however it is the right one to ensure many more years of competing at the highest level for the biggest trophies," Berrettini announced in an Instagram post.
"Thanks very much for all the support. My recovery process is on track and I look forward to seeing you on-court soon."
Berrettini pulled ouf of Miami, underwent a surgery
After suffering a surprise defeat to Miomir Kecmanovic in the Indian Wells round-of-16, Berrettini went to Miami.
After a careful consideration, Berrettini decided against playing Miami. Berrettini and his team agreed that undergoing a surgical procedure on his troublesome right hand was the best option. "My team and I have been speaking to medical experts since my withdrawal from Miami with a right hand injury.
Following multiple scans and assessments we decided a minor operation was the best solution to ensure a full and quick recovery. Earlier today I had the operation and I’m happy to report it went extremely well. My doctor and team are already discussing plans for me to get back on-court.
I will provide an update as soon as this plan is finalized. Thanks very much as always for all the support," Berrettini announced last week. It remains to be seen if Berrettini will be ready for the French Open.