World No. 6 Matteo Berrettini has revealed he will likely skip the French Open and focus on preparing for the grass season. In March, Berrettini underwent a right hand surgery. After suffering a shock third round defeat to Miomir Kecmanovic in the Indian Wells round-of-16, Berrettini decided it was time to put an end to playing through an injury and pain.
Last month, Berrettini announced he would skip significant time as he ruled himself out of the Masters events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome. Berrettini, who reached the French Open quarterfinal last year, will likely skip Roland Garros because he doesn't feel he is not where he needs to be to contend for the title.
"I don't want to rush anything, I will only go to Paris if I am in a position to go all the way. At the moment it is more no than yes, in that case I will go directly to the tournaments on the grass," Berrettini told Eurosport Italia.
Berrettini hopes for another big clay season
Last year, Berrettini enjoyed an outstanding grass season. After winning Queen's, Berrettini made his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, before losing to Novak Djokovic.
“It will be a different grass season, because I won't get there with so many matches on my shoulders. Mentally, this stop was difficult, and the day I officially announced that I would not play in Rome was terrible.
But I will turn these negative energies into competitive nastiness when I return, I have always come back stronger after injuries. If all goes well, I'd like to have a nice American summer in the Masters 1000 in Canada and Cincinnati and then aim for the US Open. And I don't forget Davis: we have a very strong team that can win the Cup," Berrettini added.