Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini has signed up to play the Laver Cup in September, it was announced on Friday. Berrettini, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, is set to make his debut at the Laver Cup.
Berrettini will represent Team Europe alongside Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem. Former world No. 1 and Team Europe captain Leo Borg is excited to have Berrettini on the team. “Matteo has had an incredible run, not only on the grass courts this summer but really since the start of the year when he helped Italy reach the final of the ATP Cup in Melbourne and then reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals at Roland Garros,” said Borg.
Berrettni looking forward to the Laver Cup
“I’m really excited to be part of the Laver Cup this year. I’ve heard so much talk in the locker rooms from the guys that have played it before about what a cool event it is.
Playing at TD Garden, having Bjorn Borg as my Captain, and being on the same team as one of my childhood idols, Roger Federer, is going to be a really special experience," Berrettini said. Last week, Berrettini made his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
Berrettini won the opening set in the final before falling short in four sets to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. “I stepped onto the court knowing that his weapons defuse mine, it doesn’t always happen automatically and it doesn’t always happen in a final.
He is the only player who could probably beat me, the only one who could put me in trouble on grass, I felt very good and emotionally that is not easy to manage. On this side, I’m sure this experience will help me. With my team we said we are on the right path and I agree on this," Berrettini said.