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Matteo Berrettini out of Wimbledon, tests positive for Covid

Two big-name players are already out of Wimbledon after returning positive Covid tests

Matteo Berrettini Berrettini reacts as his forehand goes long during his match with Botic van de Zandschulp in the mens semi finals (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Matteo Berrettini, the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, is out of this year’s tournament due to testing positive for Covid-19.

It follows the withdrawal of Marin Cilic on Monday for the same reason.

The Italian posted on Instagram: “I have had flu symptoms and been isolating the last few days. Despite symptoms not being severe, I decided it was important to take another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament.”

Berrettini had begun the tournament by practising on Centre Court with Rafael Nadal – a unique honour for the players – and came into the year’s third Grand Slam unbeaten on grass, having won the trophy in Stuttgart and then Queen’s.

He was due to play Cristian Garin in the first round today.

Wimbledon was the only Grand Slam to cancel in 2020 as the pandemic reached its heights. However, in England the laws around testing and quarantine have been entirely relaxed. Recent reports have suggested that the current caseload is extremely high, but there is no obligation to officially report a positive test or to go into self-isolation, although if someone does have a positive Covid-19 test, they are advised to stay at home and limit contact with others.

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