Matteo Berrettini criticizes Wimbledon: "I'm penalized"

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Matteo Berrettini criticizes Wimbledon: "I'm penalized"

Matteo Berrettini has decided to comment in depth on the Wimbledon affair, which will not award points in the 2022 edition due to the conflict between the organizers and the ATP, on the eve of his debut at Queen's, scheduled for Tuesday 14 June with the British Daniel Evans.

The Italian talked during the press conference at the start of the tournament, talking about the situation linked to the third Grand Slam of the season: "It was not the right decision. For Russian and Belarusian tennis players, I understand that it is not easy to accept the decision to exclude them, but the same thing is true for those who will lose the points and those who will not be able to earn them.

I made some important choices in terms of programming so as not to force, skipping Paris: if I had known it before, I probably would have changed something."

Berrettini against Wimbledon

Then he stressed: "Even if I were to win three tournaments in a row, I would lose positions in the rankings.

The ranking works the other way around, climbing more you play well and win, so it would be a strange situation. I understand that it is a difficult matter for everyone but I am penalized enough. I would have preferred that this decision had been made differently, perhaps asking our players for their opinion as well.

Nobody called us or asked us for an opinion, it shouldn't work that way. To my knowledge this is the largest measure implemented by the ATP in about 20 years, it could have been avoided." "There will be no changes, so I have to accept it.

It is also difficult to play with this thought in mind, as regardless of everything I will drop out of the top 20. I think every athlete will go to London, because it is still a Grand Slam. There will also be a record of the prize pool, I have not heard anyone say they do not want to go because of the non-awarding of points.

Since 2019, when I did the preparation on the grass, I improved and started to take big confidence with this surface, since I didn't like it so much before. I was using the slice on all sides and my serve was fine. I like playing on these fields because it allows me to be aggressive."