"It was a Trauma," Santopadre heartbroken by the split with Berrettini

The Italian coach has finished his collaboration with the Wimbledon finalist

by Lorenzo Ciotti
"It was a Trauma," Santopadre heartbroken by the split with Berrettini
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Matteo Berrettini's former coach, Vincenzo Santopadre, gave an interesting interview to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport, where he coldly analyzed the split with the Wimbledon finalist. Santopadre once again expressed his regret for how the collaboration with the Italian player ended.

"It was a small shock, a small trauma, it's undeniable that it is. I believe that Matteo and I were good at protecting our relationship, not affecting it in any way. It was a professional estrangement. Sometimes it is necessary to make certain decisions , but it doesn't mean we can't go to dinner together tomorrow," he explained.

Santopadre finally expressed his personal opinion on Berrettini's new coach, Francisco Roig, who had already demonstrated that he had a deep respect for Berrettini, in several interviews. "He is a very experienced coach: he was an excellent tennis player and he knows this sport very well both technically and on a human level.

In short, he knows the subject," he told.

But in the meantime Berrettini's athletic preparation started off badly

A foot problem could postpone Berrettini's seasonal debut and the first official match with Francisco Roig in his box.

The Italian, in fact, did not train as expected with Lorenzo Sonego and risks having to give up the qualifying tournament of the ATP 250 event in Brisbane, which will officially open the 2024 tennis season. As is now known, Berrettini ended the historic collaboration with Vincenzo Santopadre after 13 years and chose to rely on the experience of Roig, Rafael Nadal's former coach.

Roig worked first with Toni Nadal and then with Carlos Moya, and was fundamental to the career of the 22-time Slam champion. The hope is that Berrettini will be able to play in the Brisbane International qualifiers and regularly play at the Australian Open. We recall teh Italian lived a very complicated season, in which he suffered a lot of physical troubles