World No. 7 Matteo Berrettini has withdrawn from the Paris Masters due to a neck issue. Berrettini, who ended runner-up at this past Wimbledon, wants to take a short break and try to be as ready as possible for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.
Berrettini has played at the Paris Masters twice in his career. Berrettini has never made a deep run at Bercy, having suffered back-to-back exits at the tournament in 2019 and 2020. Berrettini will be replaced by a lucky loser in the Paris main draw.
"Hi everyone, I have had some stiffness in my neck over the last few days so I have decided to withdraw from Paris. I would like to make sure I'm 100% ready to compete in Turin for the ATP Finals. Thanks for all the support and see you in Turin," Berrettini announced via an Instagram Story.
Berrettini was thrilled after clinching a spot at the ATP Finals
After being staged in London for more than a decade, the ATP Finals are moving to Turin this year. "My words aren’t going to describe the happiness I feel in my heart,” said Berrettini, per the Nitto ATP Finals website.
“2020 was a tough year for me on and off the court. Here I am about to play my second [Nitto ATP] Finals and I can’t believe it. I always have to remember where I started. I didn’t dream about this, because it was so big, but now it’s happening.
I want to do my best. "When they were telling me in 2019 that the Finals would be in Turin, I remember the mayor of the city told me, ‘I’ll see you in Turin’. And I was, ‘Yeah, right’. Then I qualified for London and now I am qualifying for Turin. I really cannot describe how happy I am. I hope the country is really proud of me."