The top-ranked Italian player Matteo Berrettini couldn't make it back home to Monte Carlo after flying to the USA ahead of the first Masters 1000 event of the season in Indian Wells, staying in the States with his girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic.
Like all the other players, Matteo is doing his best to keep the physical shape at the desired level, waiting for the news about the possible restart of the season that will hardly come anytime soon due to a coronavirus. In an interview with the Sky Sport, Matteo admitted that recent days have been more tedious and isolated than usual, something that usually happens when players are injured.
Instead of thinking about the ranking and how to stay in the top-10 once the competitors return to the court, Matteo is much more afraid about the virus and consequences it brings, causing more than 42,000 deaths and halting the entire world for over a month now.
Matteo said he was sad after hearing the news about the Rome Masters, sharing the same thoughts about Wimbledon that will most likely be sidelined as well. The Italian urged everyone to stay patient and wait for some more positive news in the weeks to come.
"The days are more boring and isolated than usual; it often happens when we are injured," Berrettini said. "We must think about health and try to stop this virus; also, to recalibrate the fears we have every day. I'm much more afraid of the virus than about staying in the top-8.
It is strange and crazy to think they can cancel Wimbledon, but it doesn't sound that important after knowing everything that has been happening around the world, with people losing lives and jobs. It made me more sorry when they canceled Rome, it was a blow to the heart. We must be patient and see what will happen."