Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini mentioned Sunday he was “devastated” at being pressured to drag out of the Tokyo Olympics with harm as Italy’s 2018 Open Championship golf winner Francesco Molinari additionally withdrew with a again drawback.
World quantity eight Berrettini picked up the muscle drawback in London the place he grew to become the primary Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles closing, dropping in 4 units to Novak Djokovic.
“Representing Italy is an immense honour and I am devastated by the idea of not being able to play the Olympics,” Berrettini mentioned on Instagram.
“Yesterday I underwent an MRI to verify the harm to my left leg that I received throughout Wimbledon and the end result was clearly not optimistic.
“I will not be able to compete for a few weeks and will have to rest. I wish all the Italian athletes a big good luck, I will support you from afar but with all my heart.”
The 25-year-old was spearheading an Italian tennis workforce of Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Lorenzo Musetti, Sara Errani, Jasmine Paolini and Camila Giorgi.
Molinari, 38, additionally spoke of his disappointment at lacking out on the Games, having skipped the 2016 Rio Games due to the Zika virus.
“I’m trying to find the right words, but I can’t find them,” Molinari mentioned on Twitter.
“I’ve a again drawback that has hampered me for a lot of the season and which now sadly prevents me from representing my nation in crucial sporting occasion on the planet.
“I will cheer on Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future.”
Molinari’s place is about to be taken by Renato Paratore, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) confirmed, including that the Italian Tennis Federation doesn’t permit substitutions of gamers.
Team Italia in Tokyo would now comprise 384 athletes — 197 males and 187 girls.