Matteo Berrettini out of Wimbledon after testing positive for Covid-19

The Italian, one of the favorites for the men’s singles title, said he was “heartbroken”.

“I had flu-like symptoms and have been in isolation for the past few days. Even though the symptoms were not severe, I decided it was important to have another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else in the tournament.” — wrote a 26-year-old man in Instagram.

“I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel,” added Berrettini, who was due to play his first match on Tuesday.

“The dream ended this year, but I will come back stronger.”

Berrettini, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, was once again seen as a top contender this year after two back-to-back grass titles at Stuttgart and the Royal Club respectively ahead of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon has expressed its sympathies to the eighth seed, writing: “We will miss you Matteo – come back stronger in 2023.”