Italy’s first Wimbledon finalist, grass, Covid: Everything you always wanted to know about Matteo Berrettini (but never had time to find out) – updated after Arizona wildcard
Matteo Berrettini is one of the best Italian players in the world. Here are the answers to some common questions you may have about him
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Who did Matteo Berrettini replace at the 2022 Laver Cup?
Berrettini filled in for Roger Federer after the Swiss played the last match of his career at Laver Cup. The 41-year-old Federer paired with Rafael Nadal in the doubles, and gave way to the Italian for Saturday’s action. It was a meaningful moment for Berrettini, who idolised Federer as a child.
“I’m not lying when I say that I’m here because of him,” Berrettini said. “He was really the one that I was looking up to. He was the one that I was supporting, cheering for him. I was getting upset, I remember crying after he lost the finals in 2009 in Australia because he was crying.
“So for me, living these moments is something really that means everything.”
Why did Matteo Berrettini pull out of Wimbledon in 2022?
After winning Stuttgart and Queen’s in 2022, Berrettini entered Wimbledon as one of the favourites for the title. However, prior to his first round match, the Italian was forced to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.
What did Matteo Berrettini do at Queen’s in 2022?
Matteo Berrettini won his second consecutive title at the Queen’s Club in June 2022. It was all the more surprising as he had also won in Stuttgart the previous week, in his first tournament since returning from hand surgery in March.
What did Matteo Berrettini do at Wimbledon in 2021?
Berrettini became the first Italian man ever to reach the Wimbledon final when he defeated Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals. Berrettini won 11 straight matches on the grass and reached his first career Grand Slam final. He was defeated by Novak Djokovic in four sets in the final.
Did Matteo undergo surgery?
Berrettini had surgery on his right hand in spring 2022, forcing him out of the Miami Open. He announced on Thursday, April 7, that he would also be missing Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome. The Italian returned to the tour in early June 2022.
Injury then plagued the second half of Berrettini’s 2023 season, forcing him to retire from his second-round match at the US Open, and also putting an end to his season.
The Italian missed the first two months of 2024 as well, before his return was announced via the receipt of a wildcard into the Arizona Tennis Classic in March, marking his return to action for the first time in six months.
Why did Matteo Berrettini pull out of the 2021 Australian Open?
“I spoke to the doctors and they told me, look, I can get really worse, so it’s not worth it to try,” Berrettini told a press conference. “Obviously I’m not 100 percent. To beat these guys, you have to be 100 percent. I think it’s not really professional to step in when you’re not the best.”
How many titles has Matteo Berrettini won?
Matteo Berrettini has won seven career singles titles, four of which have come on grass. His first came in 2018 on clay in Gstaad, he won on clay in Budapest and on grass in Stuttgart in 2019 and in 2021, he won the title on clay in Belgrade and on grass at Halle.
In 2022, he won titles on grass in Stuttgart and Queens. He also reached his first Masters 1000 final at the Madrid Open, losing out to Alexander Zverev in three sets.
When was Matteo Berrettini born?
Matteo Berrettini was born on April 12, 1996, in Rome, Italy. He now lives in Monte-Carlo. He is a Fiorentina fan.
What is Berrettini’s nationality?
Matteo Berrettini is Italian. In 2019, he became the first Italian player to qualify for the ATP Finals since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978. By defeating Dominic Thiem, he also became the first player from his country to win a match at the ATP Finals.
How tall is Matteo Berrettini?
According to his profile on the ATP Tour website, Berrettini is 6ft 5in (1.96m) and weighs 209lbs (95kgs)
Who are Matteo Berrettini’s parents?
Berrettini’s parents are Luca Berrettini and Claudia Bigo. Both club tennis players, it was they who introduced Matteo to the sport. They sometimes come to see their son at tournaments, including at the US Open in 2019.
Berrettini has a younger brother, Jacopo Berrettini, born on November 27, 1998. The Italian is also a professional tennis player. Matteo has trained with Jacopo since the age of eight.
Berrettini’s parents are Luca Berrettini and Claudia Bigo. Both club tennis players, they are the ones who introduced Matteo to the sport. They sometimes come to see their son on tournaments, as they were seen in his box at the US Open in 2019.
Who is Matteo Berrettini’s coach?
On October 28, 2023, Berrettini announced that he was parting ways with long-time coach Vincenzo Santopadre, who had been by his side since he was 13. Santopadre is a former Italian professional tennis player who reached 100th place in the world, his best ranking, in 1999. With him, Berrettini made history by becoming the first Italian man to reach the Wimbledon final in 2021 and reached the world’s top 10.
Who is Matteo Berrettini’s girlfriend?
Berrettini is currently single. His was earlier dating Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic.
“We are two quiet people, we share two passions: movies and dogs,” said Matteo Berrettini at the 2019 US Open. Ajla Tomljanovic was seen in the Italian’s box at the US Open and Wimbledon.
The pair reportedly split in the first half of 2022 but neither has spoken about the split in public.
When did Matteo Berrettini start his career?
Berrettini began his professional career in 2015 at the age of 18. In his childhood, he practiced swimming, football and judo. The Italian won his first match on the professional tour in Doha in January 2018. 135th in the world at the time, Berrettini defeated Viktor Troicki, 55th in the world. He won his first ATP title on clay in Gstaad, in 2018.
Does Berrettini have an Instagram account?
Berrettini has an Instagram account, followed by 1.7 million people as of October 28, 2023.
What is Berrettini’s net worth?
Since the beginning of his career, Berrettini has won $11.546 million in prize money.