Thunderbolt at Wimbledon. The Italian Matteo Berrettini, finalist last year and who was one of the favorites of this edition, announced Tuesday his withdrawal from the third lifting of the grand slam tournaments, due to a positive test for Covid-19. “It is with a broken heart that I announce that I have to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a positive Covid-19 test,” wrote the 26-year-old, who had just won back-to-back grass-court tournaments. those in Stuttgart and at the Queen’s, on Instagram.

The organizers then confirmed this withdrawal by specifying that Matteo Berrettini, who was to start his tournament on Tuesday against the Chilean Cristian Garin (43rd), was replaced in the table by the lucky loser (eliminated in the last qualifying round) Swedish Elias Ymer (137th ).

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“I felt flu symptoms and I have been in solitary confinement for the past few days. The symptoms weren’t severe, but I felt it was important to re-test this morning (Tuesday, before he enters the competition, editor’s note) to protect my fellow players and everyone involved in the tournament.” , detailed the world number eleven. “I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel. The dream is over for this year, but I will come back stronger,” he concluded in his post.

Berrettini, who took a set in the final last year from Novak Djokovic, arrived in full confidence this year at Wimbledon having won his two preparatory tournaments at the Major on grass, in Stuttgart and at Queen’s. Undefeated on this surface this season, he was in Rafael Nadal’s half of the table and could hope for revenge against Djokovic in the final.