Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini says he is unsure when he will return to his homeland as he was sorry to see the pain his country went through during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Italy has been one of the hardest hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic but the situation in the country has improved over the last month.
Berrettini, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, never left the United States after coming for the Masters events as he has been spending time with his girlfriend and fellow tennis professional Ajla Tomljanovic.
It hasn't been that bad for the 24-year-old Italian as he has been training for quite some time and his goal is remain in shape as much as possible. "Italy has suffered a lot from the coronavirus crisis. I have always been in contact with my family and I know how difficult this situation was.
We must go ahead and stay together. It is the key to restart our life. I have not yet planned the date of my return to Italy. We have a few options, but we are waiting before making a decision. My priority is to stay in shape and continue training.
During my stay in Florida, I was able to train with Frances Tiafoe," Berrettini told La Gazzetta dello Spor, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.
Matteo Berrettini says living with injuries has become a normal thing for him
After an great 2019 campaign -- in which Berrettini made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open and made his first appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals -- he hoped he would make a strong start to the new season.
Unfortunately for the Italian, he wasn't healthy to start the season as his lone appearance this year came at the Australian Open, where he was beaten in the second round by American Tennys Sandgren. "When I was younger, I was often injured.
After the shoulder injury healed, I noticed other problems with my wrist, ankle and back. In fact, I have gotten used to living with my injuries," Berrettini said. The season has been suspended until at least early-August and Matteo Berrettini should be ready to play once tennis returns.