Matteo Berrettini suffers French Open setback as he withdraws from three ATP Masters 1000 events

Matteo Berrettini backhand

There are major question marks over Matteo Berrettini’s appearance at this year’s French Open after he withdrew from three key clay-court tournaments ahead of Roland Garros.

Berrettini withdrew from the Miami Open at the end of March and immediately underwent a “minor operation” on his injured right hand. After the surgery he admitted his team still had to finalise his recovery plan.

He has since given an update, announcing that he will miss next week’s Monte Carlo Masters as well as the Madrid Open and the Italian Open.

It will leave in a battle to be match fit for the clay-court Grand Slam at Roland Garros as it starts just two weeks after the Italian Open.

“Following advice from the medical experts, my team and I have decided that it is crucial I do not put time pressure on my recovery process,” he wrote on social media.

“We have therefore decided I should withdraw from the Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome tournaments to ensure I give myself the proper amount of time to return at my highest level.

“Withdrawing from these events, particularly Rome, was an extremely tough decision, however it is the right one to ensure many more years of competing at the highest level for the biggest trophies.

“Thanks very much for all the support. My recovery process is on track and I look forward to seeing you on-court soon 🙏🔨”