Tokyo Games: Matteo Berrettini has pulled out of the Olympics on account of damage.© AFP
Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini mentioned Sunday he was “devastated” at being pressured to drag out of the Tokyo Olympics with damage as Italy’s 2018 Open Championship golf winner Francesco Molinari additionally withdrew with a again downside. World quantity eight Berrettini picked up the muscle downside in London the place he turned the primary Italian to achieve a Wimbledon singles remaining, dropping in 4 units to Novak Djokovic. “Representing Italy is an immense honor and I’m devastated by the concept of not with the ability to play the Olympics,” Berrettini mentioned on Instagram.
“Yesterday I underwent an MRI to verify the damage to my left leg that I received throughout Wimbledon and the end result was clearly not constructive.
“I will be unable to compete for a number of weeks and should relaxation. I want all of the Italian athletes an enormous good luck, I’ll assist you from afar however with all my coronary heart.”
The 25-year-old was spearheading an Italian tennis group 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 looking for the suitable phrases, however I am unable to discover them,” Molinari mentioned on Twitter.
“I’ve a again downside that has hampered me for many of the season and which now sadly prevents me from representing my nation in an important sporting occasion on this planet.
“I’ll cheer on Italian athletes hoping to have the ability to take part within the Olympics sooner or later.”
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.
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